Ben has one of the most welcoming, comfortable classes I have ever visited. He has spent a lot of his own money to make it so. Each day he starts class with a Morning Meditation, and students learn deep-breathing exercises. In January, he and the class begin creating a character. They spend the rest of the semester creating, writing, and illustrating stories about it. At the end of the year, each child gets a binder with all the stories and a t-shirt with a picture of the character. One of my last observations this year was in Ben’s class, and he made actual green eggs and ham to go along with the story and the classwork.