#SIWSDay51 – Children cover town with kindness

Brackendale Elementary teacher Sarah Hain includes acts of kindness as a regular part of her itinerary with her students. This year, though, things snowballed a little, and the students created a campaign of good deeds that culminated in a whirlwind day of helping others Friday. ‚ÄúThe kids have been planning the project for about a month and a half,‚ÄĚ she said. The students from her Grade 3-4 class, as well as Marian Kelly‚Äôs Grade 5-6 class, spent the day visiting seniors, handing out vouchers for free coffee, dropping off donations for dogs at the local shelter and gifts for a Syrian refugee family, among other activities. See more at: http://www.squamishchief.com/community/children-cover-town-with-kindness-1.2182619#sthash.FVw3WclA.dpuf  

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#SIWSDay50 – Pink Shirt Day opens door to re-define adage: ‘boys will be boys’

Ryan Avola still remembers being a boy. He loved soccer and formed many relationships through sports. He kept the other things he liked quiet. “We¬†get a lot of messages about what being males means,” said the facilitator of¬†iGuy¬†workshops designed to empower nine to 12-year-old males. “And it’s great for me to be in that room because I can relate. There’s a¬†lot about being tough about being strong a lot about holding in emotions and kind of working out things through aggression and violence. We’re trying to get away from that.” In his talks he breaks down gender and sexuality and talks about how fluid and complex human beings can be. There’s no one way to be a boy. iGuy attempts to¬†empower¬†all kids to be themselves. Painting fingernails is OK Avola says he¬†does more listening than talking and through dialogue the kids¬†figure things out. “Boys speak up and say sometimes I‚Ķ

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#SIWSDay49 – Toronto Polar Bear Cub Spends 3 Month Birthday Playing in the Snow

The Toronto Zoo recently announced a major milestone for one of their new cubs. Their unnamed female cub just turned three months old. To celebrate, the zoo introduced the young cub to the snow for the very first time. And from the look on her adorable face, it’s clear that she enjoyed it. The cub is slowly being acclimatized to the outdoors as she currently resides in the maternity den of the zoo’s polar bear exhibit and is not yet on view to the public. But she is on view for this video posted to Twitter by the zoo! Twitter –¬†@TheTorontoZoo Official Twitter of the Toronto Zoo, an organization that inspires people to love, respect & protect wildlife & wild spaces. ¬†WARNING: May contain traces of cute Link to article to read more –¬†http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/12/toronto-polar-bear-cub_n_9221066.html?ir=Canada

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#SIWSDay47 – Heart Surprise Cake

Hearts desire surprise inside cake (Serves 8) Ingredients: For the heart 125g margarine, softened 125g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 200g plain flour 10g baking powder Dr. Oetker bright red gel food colouring For the chocolate cake 115g margarine 125g caster sugar 2 medium eggs 1tsp Madagascan vanilla extract 100g plain flour 1 sachet of Dr. Oetker fine dark cocoa powder 1tspn baking powder For the decoration 40g milk chocolate 40g extra dark chocolate 50g unsalted butter Method: 1. Preheat the oven to¬†180¬įC (160¬įC Fan, Gas Mark 4). Lightly grease a 7cm (2¬ĺ inch) deep, 450g (1lb) loaf tin. 2. To make the heart centre: Put the margarine in a bowl with the caster sugar and eggs. Sieve the flour and baking powder on top. Carefully mix all the ingredients together then whisk for a few seconds until well blended. 3. Mix in sufficient red gel food colour to make‚Ķ

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#SIWSDay46 – 6 Ways to Practice Gratitude & Feel Happier Every Day

Link: ¬†http://www.bustle.com/articles/137824-6-ways-to-practice-gratitude-feel-happier-every-day Feeling grateful about my life is something I never feel ashamed of; in my opinion, every moment should be cherished. But sometimes I tend to focus on the negative and forget¬†ways to be grateful, even when it feels like things are just not going my way. The great thing about gratitude is being more aware of what truly makes you happy. Sometimes I forget how awesome life can be and I tend to spiral into a depression when things aren’t going m y way. But even when times are tough, I try to focus on bringing positivity back into my life. Whether we like it or not, life is never going to be easy, and the one way to appreciate the little things is by starting to practice gratitude every single day. Life is full of surprises and positive moments, but sometimes you just need to search through‚Ķ

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#SIWSDay45 – Teaching Self-Regulation in Schools

A group of kindergarten kids tussle over the same toy, a high school student stresses out over exams, a parent honks her horn furiously at a driver slipping into a parking space in front of a school. All these situations have one thing in common: intense emotions that could escalate into anger or frustration. Sound familiar? It’s part of day-to-day living in this high-tech, stressed-laden world but School District 43 principals and teachers believe it doesn’t have to be this way if people of all ages can learn self-regulation skills. Self-regulation, simply, is recognizing when you are stressed and doing something positive to change the feeling. See more at:¬† http://www.tricitynews.com/news/teaching-self-regulation-in-schools-1.2166866

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#SIWSDay44 – Pay It Forward in Florida

A Florida woman decided to get into the holiday spirit by paying for the meal for the car behind her. Little did Torie Keene of Lakeland, Florida know that she would start a pay-it-forward chain reaction for the next 250 cars. Cashier Marisabel Figueroa told¬†ABC¬†Keene told her to say ‘Merry Christmas’ and not ‘Happy Holidays’ when telling the next customer that their meal had been paid for. ‘She was speechless,’ Figueroa said. ‘She said, ‘What do I do?’ And I said, ‘You just have a Merry Christmas,’ and she went off, and it stopped right there.’ When people go through a drive-thru they tell the waitress their order then wait to pay. The cashier has record of all the meals and their cost. ‘I just kept giving everyone the same message, and they were all so stunned and so happy,’ Figueroa said. ‘One lady even paid for the meals of‚Ķ

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#SIWSDay41 – 55+ Kindness Activities for Kids

We love using these fun and playful kindness activities to teach our kids.  It’s so important to begin teaching them about being kind to others and how little things can make a big difference. What is great about these kindness activities, is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to do something nice.  We love these ideas! Link:  http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/68659/55-kindness-activities-kids

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