Redding, Calif -- Over the past year, more than two dozen school shootings have been reported. and on top of that police have also been slammed with countless school shooting hoaxes.
But now, a Redding Elementary School is working to make school a safe and happy place.
“What the district has done is they brought in capturing kids hearts it’s a belief system that if you can capture a kids heart then you capture their mind," said principal Susanna Winstead.
Sycamore Elementary School in Redding took on a new mentality, six years ago, and has since been awarded for making the school an emotionally, socially, and academically supporting environment.
“Its testimony to our staff and parents that we are not just a school, but we are a place were kids can feel safe and grow,” said Winstead.
Teachers and staff learned processes to increase students connectedness with both peers and adults on campus.
As well as making the classroom an environment where students are excited to enter and learn every day.
"You can speak to them even about like personal stuff and everyone is so nice,” said 5th grader Cloe Conant.
But the process to get there wasn’t easy.
A big part of their success was embedding lessons in the classroom and the pal room, where kids go to self regulate when they are stressed or angry.
“I like the pal room. I used to come in here a lot and those stuff helped me calm down,” said 2nd grader Stephen Halterman.
But students and parents here say the lessons they are learning have helped them not only to make school safe but to become a better person.
“I was kinda a little mean to my siblings but now that i came to sycamore and learned about that it changed my whole life," said 2nd grader Savannah.