A Bit of Good News - You can't go wrong with kindness and compassion
September 21, 2023 - Vol. 2, Issue 36
A curriculum of kindness
The third grade students at Watson Elementary School in Chilliwack, British Columbia, study math and English, just like kids all over the world. But since 2017, they've also participated in something called the Kindness Project.
The project involves reading books and writing cards about kindness. The students then host bake sales to raise money and use those funds to help others. One year, students raised $400 and gave away small gifts to strangers. During the pandemic, they put together care packages for front-line workers. Several students even volunteered to clean up a forest.
The project has been so successful that the school expanded it to include second and fourth graders.
“I think what I want most for them is to know that it doesn't matter where you come from or how old you are, you can do something that is good,” teacher Jennifer Thiessen said.
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Helping those who cannot hear
About two months ago, I wrote about the 9-8-8 hotline, which provides free and confidential support to those experiencing mental or emotional distress. Well, as promised, the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is now available for people who cannot hear.
To reach a counselor, deaf and hard-of-hearing American Sign Language users can visit the 988 Lifeline website and click on the ASL Now button. They can call 988 Videophone and reach someone fluent in sign. They can also text, chat online or use a relay service. And if a veteran is deaf or hard-of-hearing, he/she can send a text message to 838255 or chat online with a Veterans Crisis Line responder.
“Being able to speak in the language that you are used to speaking in, and being able to do that via ASL I think will reach a broader part of the population,” Hannah Wesolowski, chief advocacy officer at the National Alliance on Mental Illness, told ABC News. “And the ASL video services certainly create another point of engagement, that I think better supports that access to care.”
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Webcam heroes help save hiker
Wildlife enthusiasts often log into the Dumpling Mountain livestream to watch the creatures who reside inside the Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. But instead of seeing birds or bears earlier this month, they spotted a missing hiker:
The man, who'd been "caught in windy and rainy conditions with poor visibility," was soaked to the skin and clearly lost. He looked straight into the lens of the wildlife cam and asked for help. Several concerned viewers immediately posted messages in the comments section about the man and rangers were alerted.
In less than three hours, a search team had found the unidentified hiker near the site of the cam and rescued him. Thankfully, he was okay.
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I could Nosh
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LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
* Picking a wagonload of apples in autumn
* Eating apple cider doughnuts
* Planning for future pie-making
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"Nothing you love is lost. Not really. Things, people -- they always go away, sooner or later. You can't hold them, any more than you can hold moonlight. But if they've touched you, if they're inside you, then they're still yours. The only things you ever really have are the ones you hold inside your heart." --Bruce Coville
MOMENT OF GRATITUDE
Thank you to Ditto Bowo, Unsplash, Watson Elementary School, The Chilliwack Progress, The Washington Post, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, Apple News, ABC News, Explore.com, NPR, YouTube, The Independent, The New York Times, Litsa Dremousis, Katie Couric, New York Cares, Jen Theodore and Deposit Photos for inspiration, art and story suggestions.
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