Random Act of Kid-ness: Taking the Wheel to Save Great Grandma’s Life

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Golden, CO, where 10 year old Gryffin Sanders saved his great grandmother’s and brother’s lives when his grandmother lost consciousness at at the wheel. Gryffin first tried to wake up his great grandmother, but then decided to try to maneuver the car to the side of the road. His dad said:

“It was all him and he made a very wide decision at a very critical moment and I couldn’t be a prouder father.”

Gryffin said he learned driving skills by playing Mario Kart. We are so proud of Gryffin for using a skill he learned elsewhere in the real world to save his family from a disaster. You can read more about this story here.

As always, let us know if you know a kid who has done a Random Act of Kid-ness, and we might feature her or him next week!

 

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Random Act of Kid-ness: Sibling Reunion, via Facebook

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Davenport, IA, where 7 year old Eddie Hanzelin helped reunite two siblings who had not seen each other in 65 years. Eddie helped 7o year old Clifford Boyson find his sister Betty Billadeau by using his mom’s Facebook account to search for Betty’s maiden name. Betty and Clifford had been separated into different foster homes when they were children. Eddie immediately saw the family resemblance in Betty’s picture and knew he had found Clifford’s sister.

The two siblings met each other last Saturday, and they had a (happily) tearful reunion. Eddie said:

“Clifford did not have any family, and family’s important.”

Eddie said that he learned about helping others at school, and we are so proud of him and his social media detective work! You can read more about this story here.

Random Act of Kid-ness: Petition to End the Sexualization of Girls in the Media

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness comes to us from Walterville, Maine, where 14 year old Julia Bluhm started a petition on Change.org to get Seventeen Magazine to stop manipulating images of girls’ bodies. Manipulated images can contribute to eating disorders, depression and low self-esteem among girls as young as 8, so Julia hoped that her petition would help curb some of these very serious problems.

Julia Bluhm of Waterville, Maine, holds up a copy of Seventeen magazine as she leads a protest outside Hearst Corp. headquarters in New York in May. Seventeen's Editor-in-Chief Ann Shoket responded to the campaign in the August issue with a letter acknowledging readers' concerns and vowing never to alter girls' bodies or faces, giving Bluhm more than she'd asked for.

Her petition worked, because magazine editor Ann Shoket has made a promise to Julia that if Seventeen does manipulate images, they will post before and after pictures on the magazine’s Tumblr for full transparency. Shoket also wrote up a “body peace treaty” that says the magazine will always feature healthy girls and models, regardless of clothing size.

While Julia and her fellow bloggers and petitioners do not see Ann’s response as a total victory, they are working hard to make even more progress. They have already started another petition targeting Teen Vogue.

We love when kids take a stand for what they care about! Read more about Julia’s story here.

Do you know a kid working hard for what he or she believes in? Let us know!

Summer Intern Spotlight: Ali Weiss

This week, say hello to another wonderful summer intern, Ali Weiss!

Name: Ali Weiss
A little bit about her: Ali is an intern at the Zimmer Children’s Museum this summer. In the fall, she will be a senior at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she is studying Graphic Communication. In her free time, Ali enjoys hiking, reading, collaging, watching movies, and doing yoga.

Why the Zimmer?

I wanted to experience living in a different city this summer, so coming to Los Angeles was a perfect opportunity. The Zimmer is a place where I am able to combine my love for children, art, and learning.

Take me through a day in the life of Ali at the Zimmer.

In the morning hours, you can find me clad in my orange Zimmer t-shirt working on the museum floor or helping out with the summer camp. In the afternoons, I am upstairs with Arielle working on the computer, doing research and designing!

What’s your favorite exhibit at the Zimmer?

Bubbie’s Bookstore – it’s a comfy place for kids to sit and read or play with puppets!

What is the most memorable thing you have been involved in here?

I have really enjoyed helping Emily with the summer camp; the kids are adorable and you get to know them a lot better since you work with them for multiple days at a time.

Do you think interning at the Zimmer will help shape your career path? If so, how?

I think interning at the Zimmer will give me an idea of what I am interested in doing after I graduate. I will get a better feel of careers both in museums and in the marketing/graphic communication field!

Thanks, Ali! Stay tuned for more summer intern spotlights!

Random Act of Kid-ness: A Zimmer Video!

For this week’s Random Act of Kid-ness, we wanted to give a shout out to 3 awesome kids who did a random act of kindness for their favorite nonprofit: the Zimmer Children’s Museum!

Russell Monkarsh, Gabe Freeman, and Ava Freeman are all kids who loved to play in the museum as little ones, so they decided to give back by creating a video about the Zimmer for us. Still in high school, Russell and Gabe started their own production company called SD Productions. You should check it out! And now, check out the world premiere of our brand new video!

Drumroll please….

What do you think? Thank you so much to Russell, Gabe, and Ava for doing this!

Random Act of Kid-ness: Karma’s World

This week’s Random Act of Kid-ness features a new website that promotes good deeds among children. The website Karma’s World was developed by Ludacris and his 10 year old daughter, Karma Bridges, as a way for children to have fun while learning about kindness, honesty, and manners. Ludacris says:

We wanted the site to be educational, fun and full of music that all kids will enjoy, but we also wanted it to teach kids more than just academics. The site touches on subjects like, the rewards of hard work and importance of learning manners as well as the idea that doing good deeds for others will bring good into your life – which is the meaning of the word Karma. 

We love when parents and their kids work together on projects to make this world a better place! Check out the website, and let us know what you think! For more information, click here.

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova 

Random Act of Kid-ness: Animated Heroes

In light of the passing of Steve Jobs earlier this week, today’s Random Act of Kid-ness is not about a specific kid, but about some of Pixar’s heroes.

Click here to see a wonderful slide show of these animated heroes from the Baltimore Sun. From Monsters Inc.’s Sully to Wall-E to Toy Story’s Woody, many of Pixar’s most memorable characters are heroes that inspire kids to do good each and every day.

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.” -Dawna Markova