David Brooks Speaks Our Truth Last week, David Brooks penned an Op-Ed with gems we can’t help but share and shout-out: “Basically what’s happened over the past generation is that we’ve put enormous effort into improving the academic piece of schooling, but progress has been nil because the students’ emotional foundation has been collapsing under our feet. The schools are better than they were, but the gap between the rich and the poor is just as great as it was 20 years ago because the emotional environment is worse,” said Brooks. “Today we have to fortify the heart if we’re going to educate the mind.” Brooks’ focus on the foundation of learning and the culture for thriving academics parallels our belief that when adults support, engage, and teach - students soar. Read more.
Gracie the Comfort Dog: In Orlando, golden retrievers console injured victims and families Gracie and her pals at LCC K9 Comfort Dogs spent several days visiting first responders, victims and their families, and the people of Orlando who are suffering. These grief counselors listen, love, and support. Gracie and her friends “deploy” in times of need: Sandy Hook, Boston, and now Orlando. For bringing peace, comfort and unconditional love to those who need it most we give you wings, Gracie! CNN, The New York Times, and more have covered the comfort dogs. Read more.
You are special, so am I Our team offers simple ways to know and understand people different from you. It’s time to celebrate - not hate - what makes us all unique! #OrlandoStrong Read more.
Kindred Kids: Forging Bonds of Friendship and Understanding in the Wake of Tragedy This is the story of Kindred Kids, an initiative started by WINGS for kids in response to the tragedy at Mother Emanuel. The initiative brings together kids from diverse backgrounds and helps them build friendships and learn to understand each other in new ways. Watch now.
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