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A middle school drama teacher describes how she makes her classroom a safe harbor

Joni Sullivan, drama teacher at The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, Massachusetts, has made her classroom a "safe haven" to which her students can come when they are feeling down or need someone to listen without judgment.

"Sometimes they don't even want me to say anything," Sullivan says, "they just want someone to listen that they know cares about them."


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