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to celebrate international days, yearly events, interfaith celebrations, etc...

"If we are to achieve lasting peace, we must begin with the children."

- Gandhi



"One Week. One Checklist. Infinite Happiness.

Create a culture of kindness!"

"The Great Kindness Challenge is proudly presented by Kids for Peace, a global nonprofit organization. Kids for Peace was co-founded in 2006 by Danielle Gram, a high school honors student and Jill McManigal, a mother and former elementary school teacher. What started organically as a neighborhood group of kids wanting to make our world a better place, has grown into an interconnected network of young peacebuilders worldwide. 

The Great Kindness Challenge is a grassroots movement that is making our schools, communities, and world a kinder and more compassionate place for all. With the Great Kindness Challenge checklist in hand, students have the opportunity to repeat kind act after kind act. As kindness becomes a habit, peace becomes possible. Working together, we joyfully prove that KINDNESS MATTERS!"

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Hand was written by Peter Seltser, a visionary artist who believes in a better world. The song was performed by the children of KIDS for PEACE, a global non-profit that is working to uplift our world through love and action. The signature project of KIDS for PEACE is The Great Kindness Challenge. Kind-Hearted Hand has now become the theme song for this powerfully positive initiative. To see how you can get involved and share your Kind-Hearted Hand, please visit www.greatkindnesschallenge.org. Your KINDNESS MATTERS!!!



"Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme and invites a prominent author from the host country to write a message to the children of the world and a well-known illustrator to design a poster. These materials are used in different ways to promote books and reading. Many IBBY Sections promote ICBD through the media and organize activities in schools and public libraries. Often ICBD is linked to celebrations around children's books and other special events that may include encounters with authors and illustrators, writing competitions or announcements of book awards. IBBY Russia is the sponsor for International Children's Book Day 2017."

"Imagine 30,000+ kids doing yoga on the same day, at the same time, across the globe.  The result is magic. [...] Just 5 minutes of yoga a day can boost the mental and physical health and wellness of our children, regardless of their socioeconomic status, athletic abilities or prior knowledge. We proved this on Kids’ Yoga Day (KYD), an international event held every year all over the world – at schools, homes, yoga studios, and/or community centers.  No previous yoga experience required."

"Join us on World Disco Soup Day 2017!

Disco Soup started 5 years ago as Schnippeldisko in Berlin, Germany, a “protest soup” against food waste that fed 8000 people. Throughout the food system there’s an enormous amount of perfectly good food being wasted; whether it’s vegetables left to rot in the fields, food discarded by supermarkets or consumers not using what they buy. Disco Soup aims to raise awareness of this global problem by showing that all this “waste” is actually perfectly edible, even it requires a little effort.

All you need to do is get in touch with farmers, wholesalers, markets, shops and supermarkets to see if they can donate some food instead of throwing it away. Then, with some tables, tools and at least one big pan you’ve got a Disco Soup going!"

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"American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 17th annual World Turtle Day® on May 23. The day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.


Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, founders of ATR, advocate humane treatment of all animals, including reptiles. Since 1990, ATR has placed about 4,000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes. ATR assists law enforcement when undersize or endangered turtles are confiscated and provides helpful information and referrals to persons with sick, neglected or abandoned turtles."

Official website: https://www.worldturtleday.org


More resources:
Child Care Lounge: Turtle Theme and Activities (Preschool)

Stem Learning: Bringing World Turtle Day to the classroom

National Geographic: World Turtle Day 2019: Take a Moment to Immerse Yourself
CBC Kids: 4 fun facts about our friends in a shell: the turtle

Bee Bulletin: World Turtle Day 2019 - Theme, Date, Activities, Shirt, How to Celebrate

K12 / Learning Liftoff: Fun and Important Facts About Turtles for World Turtle Day

"Learning outdoors creates lasting memories, helps build a greater awareness of the environment, provides more opportunities to think independently, and gets children feeling challenged and excited by learning. Children are more active when they play outdoors; It is essential for their healthy development and enjoyment of childhood.

Building on the success of the 2016 campaign, our aim is to get children around the world learning and playing outside on Thursday 18 May. For some schools, this will be an opportunity to try learning outside the classroom for the first time. For outdoor learning pros, the day will be a celebration of what they are doing already and a chance to inspire other schools to get involved. For everyone, Outdoor Classroom Day will show how easy and amazing it is to spend time outdoors every day.

Sign up to be part of the Outdoor Classroom Day movement today!"

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