Neighbor Shelly Bates sent us a plea from Beacon Hill International School. Are you the parent of a new baby? Then read on for a way to help the kids at BHIS by being part of the Roots of Empathy program:
Are you a proud parent with a new baby?
Will your baby be 2-4 months old in October?
You and your baby could be a “Roots of Empathy Family”!
“Roots of Empathy” is a program that we are using for the 3rd year at BHIS. This year it will be in the 3rd grade.
The program’s aim is to increase a child’s ability to understand another person’s feelings (increasing empathy). This helps children learn to care and respect each other and contributes to less bullying and aggression.
What does a Roots of Empathy Family do?
- A mother and/or father visits a classroom about 30-40 minutes each month until June (9 times).
- The program helps children to learn about a baby’s needs and how babies develop. It lets children observe the loving relationship between a parent and baby.
- Roots of Empathy families are volunteers.
- The instructor will explain to parents what the class will be talking about each month and will lead all the lessons.
- Parents are asked to talk about the baby and answer any questions the students may have.
- Families are asked to make a commitment for the whole school year.
- Only a parent can bring their baby to a classroom visit.
For more information, contact Markos Weiss, BHIS counselor, at 206-252-2702. You can also find out more about the Roots of Empathy program here and here. Here is a set of photos of the parents and babies in the program in 2009.