Student's at JP II had a one-of-a-kind experience during this year's exams.
 
St. John Paul II High School physical education teacher Sarah Balla set up a 'Chill Zone' in the gymnasium where students could relax, stress free on Jan.17.
 
"We are really wanting to explore a lot more of what we can do for mental health in our building. We know that exam time is really stressful and so we just wanted to offer the opportunity to have a quiet space where people could come without technology and just relax and de-stress," said Balla.
 
The gym was lamp-lit with soft instrumental music and mats on the floor. Students had the chance to sit around, lay on mats, sleep, draw, read and whatever else they felt would help free their mind.
 
"There's a visible just change in energy when you come into the chill space and leave. When you can eliminate the noise that we're constantly surrounded with it's just helpful for relaxation," added Balla.
 
With the positive feedback from students and teachers, Balla plans on expanding the 'Chill Zone' for more days next time.
 
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