Me and a few friends of mine recently went rock climbing at Aspire Climbing. There, we all climbed some pretty difficult walls, but all of us tried harder and harder to make it to the top. And with the support of each other and our coaches, we spent an hour and a half climbing really fun, tough walls! I thought this was a great example of persevering, pushing yourself and others forward, and helping bring out the best in your friends.
Another good example of persevering is Terry Fox, who almost ran all the way across Canada with one leg (due to cancer). But persevering can’t only be showed in sports. It can be shown in schoolwork, public speaking, hobbies, anything...even writing this article! “Keep calm and persevere on!”
By Billa, age 10
People with disabilities are the same as people without disabilities. So why sometimes aren't we treating them the way they should be treated? Well, we don't agree with this and we want to try to stop it.
People with disabilities are still good at lots of things, and can be better at some things then people without disabilities. My grandparents both have disabilities. One cannot hear and the other has had a stroke but they are still good at things and they are still great people. Treat people with disabilities the way you want to be treated.
If you had a disability would you like it if someone didn't hire you, just because of your disability? No, right?
Remember, people with disabilities are beautiful like we all are. They are important and have value and a lot to contribute to the world just as any of us. So let's make a difference, and remember to put yourself in other peoples' shoes, and treat everyone with love and respect whether they have a disability or not.
By Neel, age 8 and Nyla, age 5
Malala is a hero. I’ve recently started reading her book, which inspired me to write this post. She started speaking out about girls’ education when she was only eleven years old. It makes me believe that no matter how young you are, kids can be great kids- kids can change the world, just like Malala did. She faced adversity that most kids couldn’t even imagine. Malala demonstrated that every kid on the face of the earth is great, strong, and can make a difference, if you try. “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can,in all the ways you can, in all the places you can,at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”-Wesley
By Billa, age 10
Helping is very important because other people might have trouble doing things and you can help them. For example, this evening I held the block bag open and my brother put the blocks in. It was good to work together like this because we got to tidy the blocks up quicker and my brother felt good that I helped him. I help in school if somebody wants to make a friend by saying 'come on, I'll be your friend.' I care for my friends. If they get hurt I try to help them feel better and make them laugh sometimes by tickling them - then they laugh and feel better. I help in my classroom by organizing everything in the class such crayons and book bins. I sort things to make sure they go in their proper place. So my message is that helping ALWAYS matters.
By Nyla, age 5
If someone is hurt don't just ignore them, ask them if they are okay. If they say no, ask them how you can help. That's being a great kid.
By Keira, age 6
Treat others the way you want to be treated and peace makes the world a better place.
By Kate, age 7
Today I went to see the finals of a volleyball game at my school. I noticed great sportsmanship from both teams. Sportsmanship is defined as ethical, appropriate, polite and fair behavior while participating in a game or athletic event.
I saw that the kids on both teams were encouraging one another, and when someone made a mistake they remained positive and kind. When our team was down a few times I noticed that they did their best to re-focus on playing the best they could. Everyone worked together, supporting and cheering each other on.
My schools' team won, which was great news - it was the first time we had won such a championship. However, no one was gloating about it or putting the other team down, but we congratulated them on their spectacular game, and the team we played against handled their 'loss' respectfully and graciously. It was great to see not only great skills in a sport today, but also, great sportsmanship.
By Neel, age 8
We now have over 20 'great kids' who have joined the movement and have 'taken the pledge' to be the best kid they can be in this world, to others and the environment! Great kids ARE EVERYWHERE and are changing the WORLD!
Thank-you to ALL who have posted a blog. Your ideas and insights inspire others!
Here is a list of our bloggers so far: Billa, Omar, Vikram, Ishaan, Tristan, Brennan, Ellie, Sonja, Markus, Neel and Nyla - great kids ranging in age from 3.5-11 years old. We can't wait to hear more of your awesome ideas! Remember, ALL kids are welcome to blog!
Keep being the Great Kids that you are!!
I'm Billa, live in Canada. I love to draw, write, and read. I don't think many adults take kids' opinions and ideas seriously, and I believe this website can put kids' ideas into consideration, to make the world a better place!
By Billa, age 10
We are all great so lets show the world!!
By Omar, age 7