Part of learning life skills is learning how to have balanced, safe, satisfying recreation...in other words, good clean fun! Our girls have opportunities to swim in the beautiful Sunrise pool, shop at local stores, camp and hike in Zion National Park, go to movies, visit the library, and just hang out. We favor a three-pillar approach to recreation that balances fitness, outdoor adventure and leisure activities.
Our students remain physically fit through weekly yoga, training for monthly 5k and 10k runs, PE classes and opportunities to try new sports. Outdoor adventure takes the form of everything from rappelling to hikes in the nearby national parks. Our girls also enjoy activities that just help them relax, laugh and have fun, such as bowling or splashing in the pool.
Though our program of therapy, school, and life skills training is structured and full, we know that fun itself is both therapeutic and instructional. At Sunrise, we remember that sometimes girls just need to be girls.
News of mass violence leaves most of us feeling grieved, angry, and baffled. But the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut, was especially stunning. The killings took place in a quiet, close knit, “safe,” virtually crime-free community. The school had just implemented new security measures designed to protect students by keeping [...]
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In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School this week, many parents are asking not only how they can keep their children safe from violence, but how they can keep their children from turning violent. “I asked my 15 year-old son what he thought about the shooting,” a friend told me at [...]
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This week’s tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, has most parents feeling a variety of difficult emotions—sorrow, anger, disbelief, fear. For parents who have themselves witnessed or been victims of violence or other traumatizing events, news of the shooting may also trigger old wounds and deep anxieties. As we struggle ourselves to come to [...]
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