This guest post was written by Kimberly Gladsden of the blog Growing Up Glad. She has a background in School Guidance and Counseling as well as Mental Health Counseling. Her career focus was on educating young children on character education, and promoting personal growth and emotional intelligence. She also collaborated with parents, teachers and community agencies. Now, her goal for her blog is to create a supportive community of mothers, living life mindfully, raising their daughters with gratitude, gladness, giving, and of course, glamour!
We worked together on a recent community service event, and this is her review of that project. This is the perfect example of a community event you can do with your children to spread kindness. Please visit Kim’s blog for more wonderful family community service ideas and sign up to receive updates.
Kids Care is a program sponsored by Sandi and Barry Schwartz that provides kids the opportunity to make a difference. Sandi explains, “We like to collaborate with other local groups so our children can be exposed to different people and situations outside of their typical day/comfort zone.”
Kids Care recently welcomed children from the SOS Children’s Villages to hear a book reading by Lauren Grabois Fischer, author of Be Who You Were Meant To Be. It is a bilingual children’s board book that teaches its young readers to be proud of who they are and to always be true to themselves. Lauren, a former Elementary School Teacher, has been writing since she was a child. She has two published books and a third coming late 2016. The Be Books, Inc. is a children’s book publishing company that helps young children build self-confidence and create an awareness of being their best self. For more information you can visit her website www.TheBeBooks.com.
SOS Children’s Villages is a local foster care neighborhood comprised of twelve houses, which are home to up to seventy-five boys and girls. It is unique because they allow for brothers and sisters, who are typically separated while in foster care, to reunite and maintain their family connection. SOS also provides an 18+ After Care program to help young adults transition out of foster care after they turn eighteen.
My older daughter said, “the event was fun, exciting and made the children feel loved and cared for. The book made me feel like a superstar! It made me feel proud that I am helping kids that are in foster care. If I was in foster care I would have felt really thankful that I got a book.”
You were born to be unique
To stand out in a crowd
Show the world what you’re made of
Stand tall and be proud!
–Lauren Grabois Fischer