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A True Story That Proves Kindness and Giving Spreads Across Communities

I know that giving spreads across communities when someone gives. But sometimes we need proof, real time proof that our giving spreads to others when we take the time to give. I recently read the powerful story behind the Leap for Literacy Organization that operates out of Peachtree City, Georgia in the United States. Stan Tucker, the brain behind Leap for Literacy and the Read and Roll Program, was taught by his dad to be kind and give to others. Be kind and give to people in your neighbourhood, at school, people you don’t even know. What Stan also witnessed was others giving to him, community minded mentors who filled a void in his life when his father passed away.

The kindness shown to Stan and how he felt when he also was kind, was pivotal in his creation of Leap for Literacy, a literacy program designed for at risk kids who would otherwise not have access to books. Through a book donation program, Stan developed an interesting way to encourage kids to be kind, compassionate and show empathy in return for books! All kids have to do is complete one act of kindness to earn a kindness ticket. The kindness ticket can be traded for one of Stan’s books in his mobile library. How great is that?

A True Story That Proves Kindness and Giving Spreads

Seeing Giving In Action Makes More Giving Happen

One of the participants, Jaxon, said this about the program. ““Stan teaches me how to be kind, especially when no one else is watching. It’s important to be kind because other people, if you are kind to them, they will be kind back.” Being present when we are giving, knowing that we are being kind, giving to others, and showing compassion to people, is one of the most important lessons we can teach our children. Kindness and giving for its own sake.

Stan decided to make kindness his currency for books so that kids could see how kindness works. He also wanted to solve a deep rooted issue in at risk communities that are known for having literacy issues. In a research study conducted with at-risk youth, researchers measured risk factors in relation to reading proficiency by the eighth grade and determined that 37% of students with one risk factor scored at a basic reading level.  When you increased to two risk factors the percent of students reading on a basic level in 8th grade jumped to 42% (Green, 1995). His plan has worked and kids are reading, being kind, understanding the power of giving and also writing their own stories through his summer reading program. It is a win-win situation all around.

A True Story That Proves Kindness and Giving Spreads

Combining Two Important Lessons – Reading and Giving

To date, Stan’s program, which began in 2015, has given away 2,500 books a year. More than 13,000 grade school students have traded kindness tickets for books. And, last summer, a new writing program served 500 children, a handful of whose writing the nonprofit has illustrated and published. Stan hopes to reach 1 million acts of kindness for 1 million books and reach not just a local audience but a global audience. Through his summer writing program he also hopes to take those books written by the kids and have them as a part of his mobile library so kids can learn from other kids. Fantastic.

Give to Stan Tuckers Program To Keep Kids Giving!

Teachers are great at bringing giving into our classrooms, but there is something to be said about our community also supporting that mission. Can we ever get tired learning about the positive influence of giving? Can we ever say enough about how important it is to give? I don’t think so. Stan is always looking for books, donations for books, and people who can support his mission. We love what he is doing, and applaud his giving in the Atlanta community. Lets start his global dream and give to his organization this week! Donate on his website, give his program a shout out on social media, send Stan a note of gratitude or send his student participants a letter of gratitude.

If giving is new to you or if you want to boost your daily happiness by giving every day, check out the 365give Challenge, an easy way to make giving a daily habit. When you start giving, you will witness how giving spreads rapidly to others and our communities.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)