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Proving that Small Acts Matter!

This week, we proved that small things matter! In collaboration with Politics and Prose Bookstore, our Kids for Kids LIVE featured author and bullying expert, Trudy Ludwig. Trudy spoke to us about the negative impacts of bullying, how one person showing an act of kindness can make a big difference, and her new book, The Power of One.

At Kids for Kids LIVE, we found other ways to prove the point that small acts matter. Just like your vote during this upcoming election, dust gathering on a shelf, or your cheers at a game, small things add up to make a big change. Here are some examples of small acts that participants shared during the discussion:

  • Melanie, an educator, shared that there was a student who was seemingly unsettled one day. He wasn't supposed to wear a hat in school but she intentionally didn't push it. Years later she ran into him and he brought up how much that act meant to him.

  • Alona remembered a day on the playground when one kind act led to a string of kids helping other kids.

  • Roger shared that he had recently fought to protect some land from development. He saw how much his smaller actions (speaking up at public hearings) led to attention (getting into the state paper) and eventually paid off (citizens won the case).

  • With Author Trudy Ludwig, we explored how by including someone who feels excluded, noticing someone who feels invisible, or standing up for someone who is being treated poorly, we can make a big difference.

More about The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig

When one child reaches out in friendship to a classmate who seems lonely, she begins a chain reaction of kindness that ripples throughout her school and her community. One kind act begets another, small good deeds make way for bigger ones, and eventually, the whole neighborhood comes together to build something much greater than the sum of its parts.

From acclaimed bullying expert Trudy Ludwig, The Power of One not only conveys a message of kindness, but also offers concrete steps that kids can take to make a difference in their own communities.


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