||I've had the pleasure of knowing CJ for a quite a while.
During this time she's given freely of her knowledge and experience to help parents advocate for
their children. Time and time again I see her reaching out to help
another parent fight to obtain educational rights mandated by the
IDEA. You'll see a small sample of her work on the Your
Rights page. I've lost count of the number of children she has helped.
I can't even begin to express how much she's touched my life.
I'm truly blessed to be able to call CJ my friend. Thank you CJ!
- Every once in a while we receive a letter that touches our
heart. Recently we received such a letter and decided
- to create an award for acts of kindness, for they should go
neither unrecognized nor unrewarded.
||I work for a program called
D.A.R.E. It deals with
teaching kids to cope with dealing with decisions like drugs, violence,
and other related topics. We hold the camp for 4 weeks. I'm a counselor
(someone who they can come and tell their problems to). I showed
up at camp the 3rd week and there was this little boy who looked like he
was lost. I asked him if he was alright and asked where he needed to go.
He then started signing. I had had a friend who was deaf and I knew a
little sign-language. I told him that I did not understand sign very
well. He then went and got a piece of paper and a pen and wrote that he
was with DARE and asked if I would be his friend because he didn't know
anybody. I said I would. From that point on I knew what I needed to do.
That night I went home and looked on the computer for
"sign-language" I found this page and several others. I printed
off a page that had the alphabet and certain phrases in sign-language. I
promised myself that before I went back to camp that I would learn to
talk to him as normally as I would to anyone. I studied all weekend and
got the hang of most of it. I went back to camp and started signing to
him. His eyes just lit up and he started signing too fast. I told him
that I was still new at it so he would have to sign slower. He did and
the first words that he said were "Thank you".
This has been submitted by a 15 yr. old girl who just wanted to help
someone feel like they belonged.
|Ashley is the first
recipient of our Award For Kindness. When we wrote to Ashley and told
her of my plans for creating this award to recognize what she had done,
she responded, "What I did was nothing much, just something that
more people should do!!" We can't think of anyone who deserves this
award of recognition more than Ashley does. Well done! Awarded on July