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October 19, 2017 - Rebecca Reeder

Events in our country of the past few months, in both Charlottesville and Las Vegas, point clearly to the need for all of us to be good citizens and care for the welfare of others. In addition to the subject matter taught to our students, important lessons for life must be included so that we can help shape people of good character, integrity and compassion, ready to do “amazing things for the world.” This is not an easy task for teachers or parents to help these young people see hope and not violence and fear in our country and the world. But we need to ask ourselves, “What wisdom can you find that is better than kindness?” (Rousseau)

We believe that if there are ways for us to help provide tools in meeting this goal, then we need to make them available for teachers and parents. Last year, Dr. Michael Thompson came to Nardin and spoke to faculty and parents about teaching and working with boys. It was the start of a new Distinguished Speaker series at Nardin and began a very insightful conversation about meeting the needs of boys in our school. Our speaker this year focuses on lower elementary and Montessori faculty and parents with a pertinent message.

Fretta Reitzes is an educational consultant, mentor and coach who has championed the work of early childhood education. Her current initiative, On Kindness, comes at a time when it can help us present and create a culture of kindness in our community and see our students take it out into the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know when it will be too late.”

Ms. Reitzes is a nationally known speaker having consulted with a multitude of organizations. She recognized the lack of kindness developing in our society and she has accepted the challenge to provide ideas, tools and instruction so we can all help our youngest students begin to live in kindness. As Seneca has said, “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.” In classes, we study history and what has happened in wars, conflicts, demonstrations, etc., but all too often we see these as only events that happened. We forget that they involved people.

In most cases, people forget to take an opportunity for kindness and show compassion to others, recognizing the differences in each other and acceptance of them. Join us and Ms. Reitzes on November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Nardin Academy Chapel.

Please take a few minutes to watch the attached video, and help us help our students to bring more kindness into our world. They can do it as it only takes one person to make a difference.