Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year 2013: Plan for Peace

Hoping everyone had a safe and happy holiday!
I'm thinking a lot about starting the new year fresh with lots of positive thoughts and energy! The new book I illustrated this summer will be coming out in 2013. I will be getting all new students at school at the end of January. The new video for Floyd and the Mysterious Night Time Noise will be wrapped up. There is a lot to look forward to!

I'm also planning a special project with my students to start in January inspired by the "26 Acts of Kindness" campaign. I think the key to our country changing is to be compassionate to others and teach our children empathy. I'd like to see what happens when we go beyond 26 acts, beyond the holiday season when there are so many opportunities to give, and really try to do something to change the way we live and think of others.
In that spirit, here are a couple of things you can do for starters in 2013. My students (along with students in my colleagues Mrs. Gamelin and Mr. Cooney's classes) have already worked on the snowflake project before vacation and our snowflakes are on their way! 

• Welcome Sandy Hook Students to a Winter Wonderland -- When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address below.

Connecticut PTSA
60 Connolly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

• Fairhaven, MA Remembers Newtown, CT
Saturday, January 5, 2013, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. , Cushman Park, Green Street, Fairhaven 
Show support for the families of Newtown, CT. Join, any time between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m., in a 'Memorial Walk' around the track at Cushman Park. Stop by the donation table at the park's band stand to write or draw a message on a luminary bag and pick up a glow stick for your walk. After finishing your walk, place your glow stick in the luminary bag and the bags will be lined up around the inside of the track's fence. Donations may also be mailed in advance to the Fairhaven Town Hall, 40 Center Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719, c/o Selectman Bob Espindola. Please make out any checks to “Fairhaven Remembers Newtown.”

Letters to Soldiers -- After the holidays, the cards, and the care packages, there are still soldiers and military personnel serving all over the world, far away from their families and friends. Here are some web resources to help you get a letter or care package to a soldier and brighten their day all year long!       

If you have any ideas of things students can do for others throughout the year (random acts of kinds, community service ideas, etc.), please comment or message me at

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