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Counselor's Corner: Contributing to the Greater Good

Have you heard this song? These musicians are using their talents to help the greater good by raising awareness of ways to keep people in Senegal safe.

Have you seen these images? Graffiti artists all over the world are using their skills to inform the public of ways to stay safe during the pandemic.

These are just a couple of examples of the many, many ways that people are overcoming their fears and frustrations to make the world a kinder, more beautiful, healthier place for the rest of us.

Sit with that for a moment. Appreciate it. Take a moment for gratitude.

This new normal invites us all to acknowledge the good that exists in our world today - people who are selflessly giving of their time, their energy, their talent to make the world a better place.

Of course, we are thinking about the first responders - the doctors, the nurses, the health care workers who put their lives on the line each day to help others.

But let’s also take time to notice the everyday heroes who give what they have to contribute to the greater good.

Consider our ISD community members who are already doing that. We have students reaching out and supporting each other with messages and chats. Staff members are making humorous videos and challenging students and others to participate in exercise challenges, online games, and group activities. Parents are supporting their kids’ online learning and still sending notes of thanks to teachers and administrators.

Thank you to each one of you everyday heroes!.

We want to encourage each member of our learning community to reach out and help someone so you, too, can become an everyday hero.

Individuals who are talented artists might make a beautiful drawing for a friend as a way to cheer them up. Community members who are musicians might make tic-tocks to entertain or to remind us to do daily self-care and share it with Ms. Crumpton so she can put it on #ISDonline.

A compassionate student might send a simple message to a classmate saying hi and I care about you. Another student who is skilled in math might reach out to help a classmate who finds math confusing.

Parents, speak with your students. Ask them if they can name any everyday heroes in their life and if so, encourage them to send a note of thanks. Then ask your kids to use one of their talents or skills to become an everyday hero themselves. Even better, consider offering to join them in the fun.

Remember we are all in this together. So let’s all use our strengths and talents to contribute to the greater good and to recognize with gratitude when others do this for us.

For more stories of everyday heroes look at the website below.

Karunavirus responding with compassion (Stories that mirror everyday heroism)

To understand how helping others actually helps you, too, read the following article. Helping Others Can Help You cope with Lockdown

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