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As you have hopefully already heard, we are working on a super, exciting new product – our World-Changing Kids 2018 Calendar.

The calendar lists important dates, including religious holidays, social justice dates, environmental dates, etc.  Two weeks before each date, the calendar owner will receive by email a one page “Conversation Starter”.  This will provide a child size explanation of the date, why it is important and will include an action that the child can take to honour the date.  In addition to all of this amazing learning, the calendar owner will also get a beautiful, 11” x 17” wall calendar with artwork by students at Charles H. Hulse Public School, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to this amazing school.

We have launched an Indiegogo campaign where you can pre-order your calendar – as well as other “perks” like our book, “Plant a Garden of Kindness, A Child’s Guide to Filling a Year with Weekly Acts of Kindness”, our classroom workshops, and our “Year of Kindness” program for schools.  You can check out this awesome campaign by clicking here.

I wanted to provide you with a sample of a Conversation Starter so that you have a bit more of an idea of what you would be signing up for when you purchase our calendar. This is a first draft of one – it will be made to look much prettier before it gets emailed out to the calendar owners!

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Date:

January 15, 2018

What It’s All About:

Martin Luther King Jr. was a wonderful man who worked hard towards making the world a better place. He was a leader who fought for kindness, compassion, empathy, social justice, dignity and peace-building – all the important World-Changing Kids ideals! He believed that everyone was equal – no matter what their race, skin colour, or religion. He believed that united, we could come up with solutions to end poverty, racism, war and violence.

Why It’s Important:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day to celebrate and remember this great man, it is a day to learn about the great work that he did, but it is also a day of service – a day for each of us to go out and help someone in our community.

This is an important day to celebrate because we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that all people are equal. We have a lot of work to do to fight against racism and build peace.

Action You Can Take To Honour the Day:

One action you can take today is to watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech with your family. The younger kids might not understand all of the speech this time through, but I think it is important to show it to them at this age. They will pick up the feelings and the intentions behind the words. And they will know that you think it is an important speech – this will make them remember it and pay even closer attention the next time they see it. By taking the time to show this to your kids, you have reinforced that you value equality and social justice and peace. And that is an important lesson in and of itself, even if the kids didn’t understand every word of the speech just yet! They are definitely not too young to start learning about the civil rights and social justice movements.

You can watch a clip of this famous speech by clicking here.

You can also honour this day by completing an Act of Kindness. Leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we will share a number of Acts of Kindness inspirations on our social media pages. So check in with us if you need some ideas!

To learn more about Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can read a beautiful post from the King Center by clicking here.

And we recommend you watch “Rise Up” by Royce Mann, a beautiful spoken word performance during the MLK Day 2017 Service at Ebenezer Church. I could watch this over and over again! Show this to your world-changing kids to inspire them to take action to move civil rights and social justice forward. You can watch this clip by clicking here.

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Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments about this. You can send us an email at worldchangingkids@gmail.com