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Coloring For Cadets: Virginia Military College Aims to Reduce Stress

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By    |   Tuesday, 06 Dec 2016 12:49 PM

A stress reduction program for cadets at the Virginia Military Institute includes "coloring book stations" to help students "unwind and relax."

According to the Washington Free Beacon, the prestigious military college that first opened its doors in 1839, will host a "Stress Busters" program for its students.

"Stress Busters is held on Reading Day of each semester," the school said, according to the Free Beacon. "This is an opportunity for cadets to unwind and relax before studying for finals. This event often includes stress reduction activities such as yoga, therapy dogs, coloring book stations, card/game stations, and grab-and-go snacks to take with you on your way to study!"

According to the Free Beacon, VMI removed the term "stress busting" from its website after the story was published.

A military veteran and graduate of the Lexington, Va. school blasted the program in an interview with the news outlet.

"VMI once took America's youth and prepared them for duty and the harsh realities of war," the veteran said. "Now, for $20k a year, VMI will turn your teenagers back into children."

Last year, it was reported that the Department of Education was spending $2.5 million for a Chicago-area program that would teach children how to meditate  — with the goal being to reduce stress in the classroom so they can earn better grades.

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