Students Lead the Way to Global Compassion
Posted by on March 27, 2013
Artist, Mother, and Future Fortified Champion, Rebecca Peragine creator of Children Inspire Design, a socially-responsible art company shared an inspiring story with us about a class of second graders wanting to help other children around the world. We thought you would like this moving story too, so we asked Rebecca to write about her personal experience.
I recently received a phone call from Ms. Kate, a second grade teacher from an elementary school in California, who had a classroom full of students eager to put a global compassion map in their classroom. Already my heart was touched.
I designed the Global Compassion Map so kids could visualize the world without boarders; so it brightened my day to hear that the message inspired a class full of future leaders.
Ms. Kate explained to her students that the map is more than a poster; it is a symbol of a better future for kids around the world. Through a partnership with the Future Fortified campaign, the money used to purchase the map goes directly toward helping children access the vitamins and minerals they need to not only survive, but to learn and thrive in school just like Ms. Kate’s students. Nutrition has a huge impact on our children and their ability to learn and feel compassion towards others. And these amazing second graders expressed true compassion for the undernourished children they had just learned about. So much so that they were compelled to take action.
What did the young, ambitious students do? They started their own fundraiser to purchase a map for their classroom. They worked together to give other kids the chance to live, learn, and love.
These second graders are leading the lesson on global compassion and turning up the volume on nutrition. The print they purchased will contribute to a month's worth of nutrients for 20 children. Last year we successfully nourished more than 3,800 children by donating 100% of proceeds from the Global Compassion Map. This year the Future Fortified team and I aim to provide children in Bangladesh with the same essential nutrients, so they can lead healthy, enriched lives too. Thanks to Ms. Kate’s second grade class we are one step closer to a Bangladesh Fortified.
I hope that each time these students look up and see the Global Compassion Map hanging on their classroom wall, they will be reminded of their personal commitment to always have compassion for the Earth and all who inhabit it.
After all, it is the compassionate efforts of individuals like our young global nutrition stewards that truly turn up the volume on nutrition. And together we are building momentum for a more nourished world!