Be Kind and Unwind
Since 2011, The Jarrett Payton Foundation (JPF) has been committed to positively impacting the lives of children and adolescents physically, emotionally, and psychologically by creating and providing programs that present a wide variety of opportunities specifically designed to develop their leadership skills and enrich their lives.
Our signature program PROJECT: NO BULL is an in-school, anti-bullying program featuring a personal appearance from Jarrett Payton that includes a powerful message aimed to empower. While PROJECT: NO BULL is aimed at our middle school population, we’ve seen a need to expand our reach.
To transcend our message to a younger group of students, JPF is proud to announce Payton’s Path—an initiative that provides sensory paths for elementary schools. These paths are theme-based, colorful floor decals that give students’ brains a much needed “reset.” When a student has trouble concentrating, it has a snowball effect on them and the students around them. Payton’s Path provides a physical activity designed to help a student recharge and transition successfully back into the classroom.
Sensory pathways help with the following:
- Promotes self-regulation or one’s ability to control and monitor their sensory input and emotions;
- Provides physical exertion;
- Even in small amounts, physical exertion increases Dopamine and Serotonin—both are vital in positive brain activity and feedback;
- Improves focus and attention, providing the ability for students to be better throughout the day.
JPF has consulted with many leading experts in occupational therapy and physical therapy, as well as educators and behavioral clinicians to ensure our project’s focus is well-conceived and provides a great benefit to students it will serve.
Before a teacher has to throw a yellow flag for a student’s behavior, Payton’s Path will be there to call a time out on the field. It will remind the student to “Be Kind and Unwind.”