- reading skills
- writing skills
- life skills - compassion and gratitude
This wise teacher followed up the novel by assigning the students a "pay it forward" activity every day for the last month of school. They must come up with an idea, do it, and write about it for their homework assignments.
My granddaughter is fortunate to be in Ms. Bolin's class. I watched as she performed various good deeds: thank you notes, giving her last bit of change along with a note to a homeless man, giving flowers to a nurse, cleaning a sister's dresser, etc.
This assignment introduces fifth graders to the joy of serving others. Human kindness.
We're lacking that sometimes, aren't we? Hate is on the rise as evidenced by language and actions. Violence and rage seem to dominate news reports.
Evil MUST be destroyed and it has to begin with US.
Perhaps a "pay it forward" every day is a start.
Where is the light of human kindness? I'm searching. It's there, just buried under all the bad news. It is:
- on a Portland, Oregon, train when three men (heroes) defend victims of evil.
- in Manchester, England, when strangers, one homeless, usher people to safety during the tragedy.
- on a computer app created by a young boy to help physically challenged people find public places with accessibility.
- in a sympathetic smile and offer of help to a young mom with a screaming toddler. Yes, even on an airplane!
- in a fifth grade classroom in southern California.
How can you and I Pay it Forward today?
Evil MUST be destroyed by US.
(Blog post originally appeared June 1, 2017)