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ACC Grant to Reduce Student Stress
News Release
Thursday, July 12, 2018

(This is another installment of the summer series on the ACC Foundation Innovative Initiative grants)

Stress has many negative effects on a person but one of the most devastating is the mental repercussions.

After hearing from students about how stressed they are, Alvin Community College Librarian Rebecca McClain decided to find a way to help them relax. She received a $500 Innovative Initiative Grant from the Foundation for her project, Take a Brain Break.

“Research shows that when students are studying, having them take a break sharpens their memory and increases their grades,” McClain said.

The program will purchase games and activities for students and staff to help relieve stress.

The Innovative Initiative Grants were awarded to eleven projects this spring. They are designed to encourage, facilitate, recognize and reward innovative and creative approaches to fulfill the mission of the college. The grants will be used for the 2018-19 academic year.

The activities and games will be located in the ACC Library and will be available to all students and staff.

“There will be a round table and a smaller square table with chairs,” McClain said. “The student, staff, faculty, and or community member may check out from the circulation desk a puzzle, board games, coloring books, map pencils, markers, etc. to pass the time and ‘Take a Brain Break.’”

There are many ACC students who spend quite a bit of their time studying on computer screens at the library.

“Some of our students will come to our study rooms and stay for up to six hours at a time,” McClain said. “Giving them this place to have a break will hopefully provide needed relief.”

The Foundation issued $12,290 in Innovative Initiative grants this year.

To learn more about the Foundation, visit or call 281-756-3600.

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