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Creating Peace & Academic Excellence at Semillas Community School

The first international baccalaureate school in Los Angeles, Semillas Community Schools combines academic rigor in traditional subjects with the study of the cultural heritage of its Aztec students. According to Marcos Aguilar, co-founder and principal, “Semillas is about having a safe place for our kids and about whether our next generation remembers who their grandparents were.”

Semillas partnered with the David Lynch Foundation in 2011 to help foster an atmosphere of peace and learning in its school. “Transcendental Meditation has created a sense of autonomy in how the children heal themselves,” Mr. Aguilar says.

The students agree: “When I meditate, I feel calm and like everything is going to be ok – and that there’s a solution,” says Elijah.

Along with creating peacefulness, Transcendental Meditation has helped the school to graduate more students. Marilu finds that her energy is renewed after meditation. “It makes me want to learn even more. It’s like I can do this. I can go onto a four-year university and come help my community,” she says.

“Meditation allows children to have hope to see that they can take advantage of a college-bound education,” Ms. Ferguson says, “and that they can be one of the answers to making this a better world for everyone.”

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