Arline Bronzaft, PhD, Awarded 2018 Presidential Citation

“In my book Top of the Class (1996) which reported on my queries of high academic achievers in their adult years, I learned that their childhood homes had many quiet times. There were quiet times to read, to do homework, to study and to think. Voices were more moderate in their homes when they were growing up and they were not scolded with shouts or screams but with looks of disapproval. I believe these quiet times served to strengthen their learning skills and, in turn, these learning skills contributed to their success professionally, socially and personally, as discussed in the book.”

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Samara Kester, MD

“Quiet has been shown to reduce stress, to reduce incidence of infection, to permit higher cognitive functioning, to improve healing in general.  It reduces aggression and tension, improves overall mood.  It reduces blood pressure, heart rate.  It reduces the elevated cortisol levels found in the "fight or flight" response and actually may increase life expectancy.  The list goes on. To preserve havens of natural silence is preserving our mental and physical health - ours and for generations to come.” 

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Brad Borsari, Parent

“The hike was mystical, affirming, and in many ways spiritual. My wife Christina and my three children Owen, 15, Ethan, 13, and Paloma, 11, shared in my wonder of this other-worldly place.”

so elk maintain their sense of place
so bird calls reach their intended ears
so our children have a place to go
where, when they close their eyes,
all they hear
is the orchestral silence
of everything this earth intends them to hear
and nothing that she doesn’t.

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