Bringing the farm to students to de-stress during test week

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WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) — There are a lot of stressed out kids these days. SAGE testing is happening across the state. One school in our area is helping kids de-stress. West Jordan Middle School brought the farm to the students to calm those nerves on an otherwise nerve-racking day.


The Farm at Gardner Village brought all sorts of animals: bunnies, goats, a calf, alpaca, a lamb, chickens.

“It’s making me happier ’cause I love animals,” said 7th grader Zoey. 


Inside, the pressure is on for West Jordan Middle School students, as they take their exams.

“Their heart rate goes up. They’re stressed out. There’s a lot of research that shows animals reduce heart rate and blood pressure and help focus on what they’re doing,” said Hiram Bertoch, science teacher. 

Teachers and just about everyone here believe these furry farm creatures will give a much needed break for students and help them mentally prepare them for the next test session.

It’s not just animals but other activities planned for students including sports, karaoke, card games and crafts. All the animals at the Farm at Gardner Village in West Jordan are rescues.

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