Berkeley Heights, N.J.

One small, thoughtful gesture can make someone else's day. How do you teach a child to give of oneself?

Learning to be givers shapes children's values and provides opportunities to develop kindness, a virtue that improves lives and reduces violence and bullying.

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Teaching empathy, our ability to recognize and respond to the needs and suffering of others, is a hard thing to do because it is not concrete.

At Westminster Nursery School, we developed a Wall of Kindness. When the children do a kind and caring gesture, their teacher, or the children themselves, fills out a heart with their kind  gesture and we put it on the wall.