R-E-S-P-E-C-T !

Showing respect for others is one of the most important values in the world. It means showing care for another person or thing, like the environment.

Without respect, everything around you would be less peaceful. There would be more wars, more problems and less happiness.

You show respect in many ways everyday that you may not even realize! Respect occurs when you:

  • Listen to others
  • Play fair
  • Use good manners
  • Wait your turn
  • Compliment someone
  • Pick up after yourself
  • How you treat others

Being respectful is one of the key ingredients to being the best person you can be. Start by checking out some of the great respect quotations below:

  • “Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves.” – U. Thant
  • “Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.” –  Stephen Cosgrove

For more inspiring quotes about respect, click here.

A 12-year-old girl interested about starting a non-profit organization

A 12-year-old American Canyon girl, Katrina Cole, has been researching how to raise money to help others less fortunate than her.  Even after her father lost his job, and the family had to relocate, she found strategies on how to continue helping those around her, including her family.  One year, Katrina saved up her money, provided baby sitting services, and sold home-made jewelry to purchase gifts for four children that weren’t expecting gifts during the holiday season.  Katrina was able to save $225.  As the holiday season quickly approaches, we are reminded to be thankful for the things we have, and share our gratitude through helping others that are less fortunate.

Please share with us a story of a child you know that has selflessly helped someone in need.  To read the full article, click here.

Kids Help with Typhoon Yolanda

Prince Villahermosa, 10, and Yuan Rivera, 3, went with their parents to help volunteer and pack relief goods in a local neighborhood sports complex.  The little boy helped pack and bring bags of goodies from other volunteers who helped pack them with rice, canned food, and other items.  Additionally, in Palawan, foreign tourists (including kids),helped in the relief operations.

What amazing kids!  It warms our hearts when we read about kids who understand and willingly volunteer to help those that need help.  Know someone who has made a difference in the community, tell us, and we will feature them in our next Act of Kid-ness blog! Read entire article here.

11-year-old ideas can make a world of difference

Eleven-year-old, Alex Lawson, came up with an idea that inspires children and adults around the world.  Although this event occurred a couple of years back, his kind heart and contribution truly moved us. When the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti happened, young Alex knew he wanted to help, especially since he read that over 50% of the population were kids.  He started to collect as many backpacks he could, old, new, or used, and they were taken to St. Lucie International Airport in Fort Pierce where supplies and aid workers were being flown to Haiti to help.

Reading about this story really inspires youth and adults to be hands on in giving back to our community. What a great read, click here for the full article!  Let us know if your child or someone you know would like to be featured in our next Random Act of Kid-ness blog.

No-Limitz Tennis in Irvine

Being a cool kid can sometimes mean popularity, but it can also mean doing something great for others.  Ryan Teng, a sophomore at Beckman High School, started “No-Limitz Tennis” located in Irvine that teaches special needs kids how to serve and hit tennis balls. Ryan says that he wants to provide a safe, judgement free zone, and secure environment where kids can be themselves, relax, and just have a good time! Sharing your special talent with other kids is definitely being a cool kid.

Do you know a cool kid who has made a difference in their community or another child’s life?  Let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness blog! Read full article here.

Scranton Community Helps Feed Hungry Children

As the holiday’s approach, we often find ourselves thinking about the family gatherings and tables filled with homemade, delicious entrees that leave us smiling and going back for seconds or even thirds.  At Scranton High School, located in Pennsylvania, more than 180 community members, including seven-year-old Brendan Hauser, help package 10,000 chicken noodle soup meals to feed those less fortunate than he, and children struggling with hunger throughout the Scranton neighborhood.  The soups will be sent to the following organizations, Friends of the Poor and United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

If you know someone who has altruistically given back to their community, please let us know and we would love to feature them in our next Act of Kid-ness Blog!  To read the entire article, click here.

Planting, Gardening, and Involvement in the Community!

“If children learn healthy habits they can pass them on to their family … to help create a greater, healthier community,” Gillespie said.  Gillespie works for Jim Hill who is a retired San Bernardino County sheriff’s Sgt. and the executive director of Squash-4-Friends Farm.  Last week, children worked together to build a fence for a Squash-4-Friends 2 farm where kids can come together with their family and friends to plant the garden, pick the vegetables and fruit, and take the produce home.

This sense of community allows children to eat healthy and learn about community responsibility and involvement.  As always, if your child or someone you know has been contributing to the community and showing leadership skills, let us know, and we will feature them! To read this entire article, click here.

RidgeProject gets kids and tractors involved in cleaning up!

The organization RidgeProject cleaned up their biggest project to date on Saturday with over 200 kids recruited to help!  Football players used their strength to help bag and throw away heavy loads of trash. There were over 500 trash bags that were donated by Walmart, and four large waste containers filled to the brim!  Everyone’s efforts helped clean up the north and south of China Lake Boulevard.

Community service is what helps our environment stay clean, as well as, brings family, friends, and our community closer together.  If you know a child who has been involved with giving back to their community, let us know, and we will feature them in our Random Act of Kid-ness!  To read this entire article, click here.

Benefits of Blocks and Puzzles for Children

According to researchers at the University of Delaware and Temple University, filling children’s toy boxes with puzzles and building blocks help preschooler’s develop their “spacial thinking.”  Professor Golinkoff of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology at UD states that “parents and caregivers should make sure their kids have experiences that feed into their spatial skill. Simple toys like blocks and puzzles offer kids a foundation for learning subjects like math and science…”

The study wanted to see whether copying block structures would correlate to mathematical skills. Results showed that block skills did predict mathematical skills, and children who participated in puzzles and building block structures were also better at early math.  Click the following link to read the full article!

Kind-hearted Kids Honoured at the Fourth Annual “Kids Helping Kids” Celebration!

Toddlers and teens excitedly celebrate at a party in Calaway Park organized by the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. More than 300 kids helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to help injured children in their community! Together they will be celebrating this incredible achievement with games, prizes, and awards.

The foundation will announce “The Hero Award,” which is a “heartwarming distinction granted to a Kids Helping Kids participant who exemplifies a sense of community.” At the Zimmer Children’s Museum we love to see our toddlers, teens, and even parents involved in contributing to their community.  If your child, or someone you know has inspired those around him/her in their community, let us know and we can feature them in our Act of Kid-ness blog!