Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all - Aristotle
At Royal Vale School in Montreal, kindness matters. Several teachers having been working on projects that nurture compassion and empathy and help their students grow into caring citizens.
Kidknits Royal Vale
Royal Vale's Grade 6 and Grade 2 teachers Patrizia Battaglia, Laurence Elmoznino, Sophie Christopoulos and Catherine Legault have guided their students to buddy up to knit for a good cause. The grade 6 students mentor the younger grade 2 students. By purchasing fair-trade hand spun yarn from Rwanda and Chile, their students are knitting adult and children's hats for the homeless in the community as well as helping provide employment and financial empowerment to the women of Rwanda and Chile. The project will be continuing for the second year in a row.
Knock Knock Give a sock
Knock Knock Give a Sock was founded by Adina Lightman. Close to 2000 socks were collected by Royal Vale students to help the homeless stay warm. Most were donated to Dans la rue and Chez Doris The grade 2 students packed bags with socks, juice, cereal bars and handwritten notes. Some of the students, along with their parents and teachers, also handed out socks directly on the streets.The project took place during the month of May 2017.
Nathalie Malhamé is a French teacher at Royal Vale School in the English Montreal School Board and a member of DKG Quebec, Beta Chapter. Nathalie says, "Members of DKG can help by raising awareness about such projects and can contact Laurence Elmoznino at Royal Vale if they want to help out more directly."