Charlotte Happenings

NOV 2018

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How can the public promote the message of kindness in lockstep with what you're doing? LR – The Kindness Project is about telling these stories on stage with audiences, but it's also about gathering these stories from other people. That helps cement that recognition of, "I can do something." In order to do that, we had bracelets made with our hashtag that tie people back to The Kindness Project. What are some displays of kindness that have been shared? LR – One of our parents who regularly attends events with their children sent us the story of paying it forward in the coffee line. Somebody bought his coffee that morning. He was so excited that he did the same thing. In another, a woman had just moved to Wilmington when Hurricane Florence hit. She had to evacuate. As she was leaving her hotel to go back to Wilmington, she found out that one of her previous colleagues called ahead and paid her hotel bill. What is something a Charlotte parent can do today to teach their kids kindness? AB – I have conversations with my children about what is kindness. Sometimes, when I pick them up from school, the question I ask is Q & A Where did the idea for The Kindness Project come from? Adam Burke – A few years ago Linda emailed me an article about the top 10 children's books that deal with kindness. At the time, I shelved it. Then, we were in the presidential election season. I was looking at my Facebook feed and realized that the way we as adults were communicating on social media was not pleasant. I started to think about my two sons. What do I want them to think about the way we relate to each other and the way we debate things? The election was two year ago. Why is this message still important today? Linda Reynolds – I think it's even more important today because communication feels even more polarized. Parents and teachers are always looking for ways to help develop character in kids. So often, parents can fall into the trap of "Don't do this." These stories have the opportunity to say, "You may only be 5 years old, but look at what you can do, look at the difference you can make with a classmate. You as a child have the power to change things in your world and change the world for other people." The first play, "Last Stop on Market Street," runs from Nov. 2 to 18. What's it about? AB – "Last Stop on Market Street" is an adaptation of a book by Matthew de la Peña. It's about a young boy, CJ, and his nana. They come out of church, and they're waiting for the bus to go somewhere, but his two friends are driving away. CJ says, "Nana, how come we gotta take the bus? How come we don't have a car?" She answers with, "They don't get to interact with the bus driver." It's a story about a young child's impressions of the haves and have-nots and his nana's surprising answers. 16 NOVEMBER 2018

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