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Richmond school uses mindfulness to teach coping skills

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A group of Nystrom Elementary third graders practice a "mindful minute" with a Mindful Life Project instructor. Every Nystrom class gets 20 minutes of mindfulness training per week.

Plenty of school kids deal with a world of emotional problems, but some kids have a whole host of issues greater than the usual. Drug abuse in the home, incarcerated parents or even homelessness.

Across the state, some schools are experimenting with mindfulness training -- or meditation -- as a way to help students. Reporter Katrina Schwartz visited the Bay Area city of Richmond to find out how the new approach is working. 

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