PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A small ladybug with a yellow spot has inspired a mission of kindness and inclusion in the Mount Lebanon School District.
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Sixth grader Holden Frye returns to his elementary school, Hoover Elementary, to read his new book, “The Spot” to students at a gathering. It was the highlight of the school’s inclusion celebration.
Ladybug dots are different. She has a yellow spot and a curly antennae, but she wants to feel valued and included.
“I think when people read the book, they understand how you can make people feel by doing something really simple and kind,” says Holden.
Holden’s inspiration came after another assembly two years ago. Kim Resh, founder of the nonprofit Mikayla’s Voice, visited schools to talk about inclusion. She always ends up encouraging students to write books.
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Holden was the first student to put her on that challenge. Resh’s daughter, Mikayla, died 3 years ago when she was 24 years old. Mikayla was born with a permanent brain injury. She never walked or talked, but she spread joy and experienced a lot of love, according to her mother.
“Our mission is to challenge children to create a more inclusive, kinder world where everyone has a friend and we really let the kids do it and not just the kids,” she said. I have a disability,” she said.
“She was with us absolutely every day. And I lost her three years ago, but I’m so lucky to continue the work we started together and I know she’s smiling at all these kids,” she added.
Thanks to a donation from the Steidl and Steinberg Law Offices, Mikayla’s Voice will donate a copy of Holden’s book to every kindergarten and first grade classroom in Allegheny County. Partnering with them is Achieva, a disability service and advocacy organization.
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“We’re all doing our little part in the world and that’s all anyone could ask for,” Resh said.
https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/03/18/lesson-in-kindness-mt-lebanon-school-district-students/ Kindness Lessons From Students of the Mt. Lebanon – CBS Pittsburgh