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“I’m kinda nervous...”
Eight-year-old Adam was asked by one of his teachers to help out at the Special Olympics.
His job was to guide the competitors back to their groups after their swimming races. Although he liked sports, Adam was afraid the physically challenged kids might not like him and he worried about the unexpected. His teacher encouraged him to overcome his fears, and he saw that even though the challenged kids swam slowly, they were just as excited about their athletic achievements as he was when he competed in soccer, baseball and the other sports he enjoyed.
“Have you ever eaten Indian food?”
Twelve-year-old Denzel needed to learn about Indian cuisine for a school project.
He found some information on the Internet but became curious about how the foods really tasted. He knew there was a neighbor in his apartment
building who wore Indian attire, and his mom helped him ask their neighbor about these foods. Before he knew it, he and his mother had been invited to share an Indian supper. Denzel brought apple pie and told his neighbor about how this dessert had become a symbol for American culture. As he presented his findings to the class, Denzel gained a new appreciation for his ethnically diverse neighborhood.
“I want more friends to play with.”
Five-year-old Amy wanted to get to know more kids in her kindergarten class.
Her father suggested that she do at least one favor for someone at school each day. Amy learned that it was easy to offer a hand to a child who had fallen down or help someone find a good book during library time. In return, these children began inviting her to join them at lunch or to play after school. Amy’s actions also encouraged her siblings to help others. Before long, everyone had a “kindness” story to tell at supper—and new insights about the people around them.
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