Holy Cross Students Conduct Sleep Education Program for Elementary School Children

About a dozen Holy Cross students donning pajamas and slippers visited Vernon Hill Elementary School to educate children about the benefits of sleep. Gabriela Velazquez ’12 and Julie Turpin ’11 teach a group of children how to prepare for a good night’s sleep through healthy eating.

Sarah Schwartz ’11, left, and Christina Kyriakos ’11, who founded the program, explain the importance of a regular bedtime routine using the mnemonic READY: Relax before bedtime, Eat a Healthy snack, Always get ready for bed at 8, Did I wash and brush?, and Yes! It’s bedtime.

Invited guest Worcester Mayor Joseph C. O’Brien hands out sleeping bags and sleeping kits, containing bedtime essentials such toothbrushes and socks.

From left, Kyriakos, Schwartz ’11, O’Brien, Amy Wolfson, professor of psychology and associate dean for faculty development at Holy Cross, and Irene Logan, principal of Vernon Hill.

Photography by John Buckingham

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