Student Creates Calming Room

Student Creates Calming Room
Posted on 11/19/2019
Calming Room Project Gives Senior a Project-Based Learning Opportunity

The high school nurse’s suite is a busy place where the nurses see many students each day. Recently, the high school was given a monetary donation by a parent. The purpose of the gift was for the school to create a calming room in the nurse’s suite. Calming rooms have become common in schools as a way to help students who may be having anxiety-related issues.

Angela Mentzer, high school nurse, contacted Family and Consumer Science teacher Beth Maurer in search of a student who may be interested in helping with the project. Senior Byanna McBeth enthusiastically agreed to take on the project as part of her Independent Study Family and Consumer Science class. Bryanna made a budget and a color scheme. Next, she selected and coordinated all of the furnishings, fabrics and decor. The maintenance department assisted with the project by painting and assembling some of the furniture. The room has a daybed, a bean bag chair, a small table and chairs, artwork, and lots of soft fabrics and textures. The decor is calming, with the use of pale blue, yellow, and other pastels. It is a great place for a student to spend a few quiet minutes or for a small group to meet.

Bryanna, who had previously taken Mrs. Maurer’s Interior Design class and enjoys decorating projects said, “This project was fun. I’m glad I got to use my design skills in a way that will benefit the school.”