Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Growing Friends and Caring Connections

2-3's are working with adults with disabilities from Rensselaer County ARC to become friends and to do horticultural projects together.  Four new friends, Jessica, Connie, Paul, and Renee, were given tours of the school by small groups of 2-3's.  Paul played harmonica for the kids and sang a song. 

In K-1 on Fridays, a graduate class from Russell Sage brings therapy dogs to teach about caring for animals. 

In each instance, students reach outside their zones of comfort and perspective.  They practice kind and caring words and actions - and ultimately develop empathy and understanding. 

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