I am incredibly honored to be one of the 11 2016 Newtown Kindness Award recipients. The Newtown Kindness Award is super special and in memory of an amazing little girl, Charlotte. Please click here to find out more about her story.
"I pledge to think kindly and act boldly. I pledge to be kind to others. I pledge to act boldly and perform my own good deed."
I encourage everyone to think and act kindly, be bold and courageous and always do good deeds. THANK YOU Newtown Kindness for your recognition.
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Congratulations to our 2014 Gee Whiz Kids® Award Recipients! 1st Place: Isabella R. Griffin, 11, 6th Grade Alamosa, Colorado Created: Be a Buddy – Not a Bully Having started an anti-bullying campaign at her school by fourth grade, Isabella embodies the 3 C’s of her movement: Compassion, Confidence and Courage. In third grade Isabella was the target of bullying and the following year she disrupted a bullying effort targeting a student with autism. The success of her personal efforts to “stand up and step in” led Isabella to create Be A Buddy – Not A Bully, a program that empowers children to make a positive collaborative change in their communities. Thirteen elementary, middle and high schools in Colorado and Pennsylvania have embraced Be A Buddy – Not A Bully. At every school, Isabella has shared her personal story of bullying and asks every student to pledge to Be A Buddy – Not A Bully. In addition to receiving a bracelet reminder that reads “Buddies Not Bullies,” students are asked to sign a poster created by Isabella, which is displayed at school. By signing the poster, peers commit to not taking part in bullying and standing up for each other if it happens. Isabella’s plans include bringing her campaign to every community in the nation.
Peace First, a national non-profit dedicated to teaching critical peacemaking skills to youth, has named Alamosa Elementary’s Isabella Griffin, 10, as a peace prize winner. The Peace First prize is a national award that recognizes leading youth peacemakers who are focused on creating peaceful schools and communities. Last year, Isabella created “Be a buddy, not a bully” to put an end to bullying at the elementary school. She drafted an anti-bullying pledge for her classmates to sign and designed purple and blue bracelets to signify their commitment to a safe and accepting learning environment.
-KSPK News, Trinidad, CO
In case you weren’t able to listen to the live show, where I appear as a featured guest in October of 2015, On the Right Road with Paula Phillips, you can still listen HERE
My Co-host appearance with Paula aired January 15, 2016. Listen HERE
AFT Teach! Conference 2015
So thankful to Peace First and AFT for asking me to talk about Be A Buddy and Peace First, this summer at the
AFT Teach! conference in