Basalt students exrcise compassion
Dear Editor:Basalt Middle School has a Kids for Compassion Club that’s been going on for two years now, involving fifth through eighth grades and the whole community.The Kids for Compassion have designed T-shirts and have sold them to raise money to buy bear-proof recycling bins. We also worked with the mayor of Basalt and the Town Council to become the second international “compassionate city!” We planned and staffed a Saturday Basalt BASH and Compassionate Spirit Week, and we also passed out “compassionate” wrist bands and participated in the Roaring Fork Clean-Up. We have encouraged people to be compassionate.Next year, some of our goals are to establish pen pals in Japan and Pakistan. We also will be working on the 50 Acts of Compassion to save our Earth. Look for our Kids for Compassion Booth at the Basalt BASH event this summer.One of the biggest things that happened this year is that Timbo’s Pizza has become the first “compassionate business” in Basalt. We want to thank Timbo’s Pizza for supplying free lunch for the compassionate student of the week.The idea of having a compassionate student of the week started when we came up with goals such as getting people to think about empathy and compassion! We had an idea to get the school involved. We collected cans for recycling. We nominated a student for being compassionate, we made slips of paper so people could nominate students who were caught being compassionate, and we read the suggestions. Then, the chosen student would get a free T-shirt and a free lunch supplied by Timbo’s.We would like to thank Timbo’s Pizza and InterMountain Waste & Recycling.InterMountain Waste & Recycling donated a recycling bin at the baseball field between the Basalt elementary and middle schools. It also will be picking up our recycling for free in the summertime.Thank you for all your support!Stephanie Nevarez and Bianca GodinaBasalt Middle School Kids for Compassion Club
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