Yoga and puppets might seem like an unlikely combination. But for Moreland Arts and Health Sciences Magnet School in West St. Paul, it's a recipe that's working -- the school has received grant money from the state for the fourth consecutive year. That funding will allow the school to continue a partnership with Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, a Minneapolis-based puppet company, to help kids learn about health and emotional well-being through puppet shows.
The collaboration between the school and puppet company began in 2013 with a program that introduced kindergartners and first-graders to the concepts of yoga and mindfulness. Since then, additional grants have expanded the program to second grade, created an after-school program and added training for teachers.
This year's $92,000 Minnesota State Arts Board grant will allow the elementary school to integrate science curriculum from Mayo Clinic into lessons and establish residencies to help special education students during the school day.