Detention is the bane of every schoolkid’s existence. Act out in class, and, at best, you find yourself in a lame re-enactment of The Breakfast Club. At worst, you’re stuck in a windowless taupe-colored room with flickering yellow lights and nothing to do but homework. Homework! Of all things.
Except, at Baltimore’s Robert W. Coleman Elementary, that’s not how detention looks at all. What it looks like: purple pillows, draped fabric, lamps, and kids, not painfully watching the clock, but sitting cross-legged on the floor, their eyes closed in meditation.
Sound a bit different than the detention you experienced back in the day? That’s because it’s not actually a traditional detention room – it’s the Mindful Moment Room, a space for misbehaving kids to calm and recenter themselves through breathing exercises and meditation. The space was created through a partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that’s committed to nurturing the wellness of both children and adults in underserved communities.