One of the United States foremost aluminum extrusion producers, Western Extrusions offers extrusion, fabrication, finishing, packaging, and product shipping to its clients. Western Extrusions operations out of Carrollton, Texas, and supports numerous community-conscious organizations, such as the Momentous Institute (MI).
MI established its Momentous School in 1997 to provide a bustling learning environment for urban children from the age of three through to the fifth grade. The school’s core components include helping children develop problem-solving skills while working closely with parents to keep them involved in their children’s academic careers.
Classes are small in size, allowing stronger relationships between students and faculty. Teachers operate via an Understanding by Design (UbD) principle that encourages the continuous revisiting and tweaking of their curriculums. Classrooms experience regular visits from guest speakers and students enjoy numerous field trips. Further, Momentous School operates on an extended calendar that sees students study for 190 days each year. To foster continued learning, Momentous Schools offer students more frequent breaks that are shorter in length that those commonly provided by other schools.
In Carrollton, Texas, Western Extrusions manufactures aluminum – from the extrusion process through to delivery. Its facility, which in 1979 covered only 49,000 square feet, has now grown to 750,000 square feet. With the goal of sharing this success with its community, Western Extrusions extends its support to charitable organizations such as Momentous Institute.
Momentous Institute was established in 1920 and since that time has been providing educational and therapeutic services to children. With the support of private individuals and community leaders, the organization was able to establish two lab schools and train 5,000 professionals in trauma-informed care.
One of the organization’s training events, “Love & Wisdom in a Time of Stress,” will discuss the topic of ‘mindfulness’ and its implications to parenting and education. The session will be conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Elissa Epel, from University of California San Francisco’s Department of Psychiatry, will also be joining the training session.
“Love & Wisdom in a Time of Stress” will be held on March 28, 2017.