Check out what this 6 year old girl is doing to make a difference!
I like to be nice to people because I have friends in my classroom. They are nice to me and I am nice to them and that is why I like going to school. I like my friends. If people don't have friends and aren't nice at school and then they will not want to go to school. you learn more and better when school is nice to you, teachers and everybody, then you feel like you want to be nice to everybody.
If I came to school feeling sad....I would want someone to play with me and help me feel better. I'd play with somebody if they were sad and mad. So, being nice is helpful in your days.
By Sonja, age 4
I was on the school bus home. I saw one student hurt another student. I asked that student (I know that student that was being mean) to stop and that he was not being nice. Since that day, the volunteer bus monitor (a grade 5 or 6 student) asks me to sit with him and take care of him. He and his sister (grade 1 and 2) have become my friends.
I felt that it was wrong how this student was hurting (hitting and punching) a younger student. It was bullying, The other student was upset, not playing around....I don't know.....he was not saying stop, but it could have been hard for him to say something....I did because i saw that the student that was doing the hurting had a mean face and the younger student's face was mad but not saying anything.
I talk to both of them and I don't think that that one student is a bully, but sometimes he can act like that.
But now, I have gained two more friends. The younger student and his sister. I really hate that my mom won't let me use their names. She is taking their names out. And she won't let me make up the names.
I don't know how to say it this but, i think sometimes it's important to mind your own business and walk away but sometimes you need to do something when you see something that doesn't feel right in your stomach. Straight up in my gut, I felt that that doesn't make sense at all. But, I learned they are both nice people that have not so nice moments.
By Markus, age 8
I joined choir at my school because I like singing. Even though my friends didn't want to go, I wanted to because I like to sing and we also get to dance. One of my friends told me not to go yesterday because she wanted to play with me at recess, but I told her 'I like to sing so I'm going.' So never let anyone try to force you. Remember not to follow the crowd but to be yourself and do what feels right to you!
Love Nyla, age 5
Hi, I'm a ten yr old girl with an awesome family and lots of great friends. Sometimes I get very emotional and have some probs, so my family is helping me to be happy.
Victoria, age 10
So nice to have you join the Great Kids Movement! It sounds like you have an awesome family and some great friends, and you sound like a GREAT KID!! We all experience challenges in life sometimes, and it's nice that you have such a caring and supportive family to help you. Continue to be open with them about how you are feeling.
For this site, we would love to read more posts from you about what inspires you, acts of kindness and anything else related to the themes of this site (character, positive action, helping others, having compassion, believing in yourself, overcoming challenges etc.) We look forward to reading more posts from you!
The GKM team!
In the past week, I've had some pretty rough days. One particular morning, I had slept in, had a tiny lunch, got hit in the head several times in gym, received a math test, and got hurt at school (not to mention I was stuck in the office for an hour because my mum's phone ran out of battery.)
I had come home and was lying on the couch, face-down, being a grump when my little sister, who's only five, brought me a cup of water and was especially nice to me, recognizing I was a little out of sorts. I went to bed early, and almost crushed a delicate golden box with my name on it. My sister had drawn me an adorable, detailed seal (one of my top three favourite sea animals-- the first being narwhals) and a bunch of watermelon flavoured jelly beans. She knows I love them. I spent the next few minutes nibbling them before falling asleep.
This small act of kindness, compassion and empathy was carried with me for the rest of the week, and kept me smiling all the was through. And always know that to the world, you may be one person,but to one person, you may be the world.~Dr.Seuss
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted!
Hi!! It's Ishaan again and its been a long time since I wrote. This month is Black History month and I'm going to talk about how a long time ago people of different colors were not treated equally. Like for example: black people had to sit in different spots in restaurants and on buses. White people had to sit in the front part of the restaurants or buses and black people had to sit in the back. In my opinion that's not fair!! Everyone should be equal in the world, no one should be saying you can't sit where you want to because of your skin color! People like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks fought for this to stop!! They fought for equal rights and peace. I am thankful for these people because if they didn't fight for freedom and peace I would not be at a school with friends with different skin colors. I get to play with them and sit where ever I want. We all get along together! Thank you to all the African American and Canadian leaders who made a CHANGE for the better! Let's all continue to make changes for the better of the world!
Hi my name is Mira and in school we are learning a Valentine's day song called:
"I made a Valentines for You". It goes like this:
I made a Valentines for you. The heart shape says I love you. H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T,
H-E-A-R-T, the heart shape says I Love You!
Love is important because it makes people happy and we should love everybody!
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
I am reading Charlotte's Web with my Mom. I like this book because there is friendship in it. Fern, Wilbur and Charlotte are friends. Fern visits Wilbur a lot of times because she loves Wilbur. Charlotte helps Wilbur solve a very big problem (I won't tell you what it is because we don't want to spoil the story for you if you haven't read it!) That is friendship because it shows kindness, compassion and love for each other. We need to be kind too if we want to have friendships.
By Nyla, age 5
"She said soft words that I know were meant to help me, but words can't change my face."
This sentence is from a book I am reading called 'Wonder.' It is a fictional book about a boy named Auggie and he only has 1 eye. His mother tries to comfort him with her kind words, but he still feels bad about how he looks.
Even though this book is fictional, there are actually real people born with one eye (or have some other difference) who feel bad about being different, and sometimes our words don't help them feel better.
So, how can we help?
I don't think anyone should feel like they are ugly. Beauty is on the inside and depends on a caring heart. You should not judge people by the way they look, and it is not polite to stare at them (or avoid looking at them which Auggie is also experiencing.) Sometimes people tease others or laugh at them because they look different, or whisper about them behind their back. It might not be mean things they are saying but it is still rude and hurtful to the person.
I think we need to put ourselves in other people's shoes to see things from their perspective.
Auggie is a nice kid and has a great personality. If there was an 'Auggie' in my life, I hope that I would reach out and be friends with him; look past how he looks on the outside and just treat him like a regular kid, because he is one.
How you look doesn't say a thing about who you are!
By Neel, age 8