Random Act of Kid-ness: Teen Olympian Rises Above Bullies

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from London, where 18 year old Zoe Smith stood up to bullies on Twitter and rose above negative and hurtful comments. Zoe is an Olympic weightlifter who was bullied along with her teammates for being unfeminine and unattractive for having too many muscles. Zoe said:

“The obvious choice of slander when talking about female weightlifting is how they’re unfeminine and girls shouldn’t be strong or have muscles. This is wrong. Maybe they’re right — in the Victorian era. To think people still think like this in 2012 is laughable!”

Zoe Smith Weightlifter

We are proud of Zoe for believing in herself and for having the POWER to stay strong- physically and emotionally. You can read more about her story here.

Speaking of power… can you use YOUR power to give the gift of play to 2,500 students?

The Zimmer Children’s Museum believes that every child has the power to make this world better. At the Zimmer, it is our mission to help children realize what their powers are and how to use them to make a difference. Early childhood educators and pediatricians alike recognize the power of play in developing a child’s sense of self and understanding of how they fit into the world. In addition, though, on a visit to the Zimmer Children’s Museum, students explore exhibits and programs that focus on giving back, kindness and compassion, and cultural sensitivity. These programs highlight how children may put their own power into action — learning to be heroes to their friends, communities, and planet.

We hope you will put your power into action to help us reach our $25,000 goal to support field trips to the museum this school year. For just $10, you can sponsor a Head Start student’s visit to the Zimmer. $100 gives 10 students this meaningful learning experience. $250 sponsors an entire field trip for a Head Start class. Please be a hero of the Zimmer Children’s Museum by making a contribution and by telling your friends how easy it is to help create a more compassionate tomorrow.

Because the world can never have enough heroes.

If you can help, please donate here. THANK YOU!


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