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Bronx Schools Create Compassionate Communities

By Jeannie Russell
In the fall of 2017, HEART kicked off a new and exciting program that greatly expands the reach and impact of our distinctive approach to humane education. The Compassionate Communities Award competition is being offered to all elementary schools in NYC’s District 8, as an innovative way of sharing humane education practices and resources that inspire respect, empathy, and social engagement among elementary-aged students.
All 22 elementary schools in the district have submitted inventive proposals to expand and enhance already existing community connections, from school gardens to animal shelter programs to vital supports and services for vulnerable neighbors, like seniors and recent immigrants. By adopting a school-wide learning approach to better understand the issues related to their community’s needs, these educational institutions will inspire meaningful action in response to those needs. At the end of the year, a stellar committee of independent judges (including leaders from the NYC Department …

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