A Back-to-School Suggestion — Be Kind

Another summer break is coming to a close and in the next couple of weeks hordes of eager learners, from preschoolers to college students, will be heading back to school. And, of course, all of their teachers and professors have been preparing their classrooms and lesson plans.

Going back to school, at whatever grade level, is a BIG deal.  So big, that I felt compelled to say something about it in this week’s On the Front Lines.

But I just wasn’t sure what to say.  I could discuss the importance of comprehensive sexuality education. Or I could write a piece about the sexual development of young people, with a link to our resources for parents. I just wasn’t sure what would be most helpful to our readers.

My problem was solved the moment I came across this — it was a status post on the Facebook page of OUT! As I Want To Be.

Special request to all you kids returning to school in the next few days:

If you see someone who is struggling to make friends or being bullied because he/she doesn’t have many friends or because they are shy or not as pretty or not dressed in the most “in” clothes — PLEASE step up. Say hi or at least smile at them in the hallway. You never know what that person might be facing outside of school. Your kindness might just make a BIG difference in someone’s life!

So perfect and oh, so simple.

Say hi, smile, be kind to each other.

I think this is an excellent back-to-school request. What would you ask of students and educators as they head back to school?

~ Nancy

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