With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark - and follow where it takes us.
Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you."
Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.
That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind
Watch children sing about changing the world.
Source: You Tube
Watch and see how kids see the world and how they are trying to make a change.
Source: You Tube
65 Ways to Make a Difference
Seniors love your artwork! Brighten walls - and smiles - at the local senior center.
Got a favorite game? Teach it to younger kids.
Win brownie points! Organize canned goods at home and take extras to a food pantry.
Got talent? Share it!
Your old backpack needs a new friend...donate it!
Gather up outgrown, gently worn shoes and clothes for your local Salvation Army, Goodwill, church or synagogue.
Party leftovers? Local soup kitchen guests are gonna love 'em!
Neglected stuffies in your room? Little kids at shelters are aching to cuddle them.
Like a challenge? Your game board skills are in demand at the senior center.
Friend forgot their snack? Share yours!
Read aloud to little kids at the library - they'll love you!
Dust off your old - but still good - books and give them to your school library.
It's your birthday! Give a gift to someone in need.
Share your lemonade stand $ - turn off the water when you brush teeth!
Keep sturdy takeout containers for future leftovers.
Transform colorful magazine pages, comics and more into artful projects and gift wrappers!
Learn how to donate/recycle old computer stuff & post instructions (with permission!) at your local electronics stores.
Breathe in nature...turn off the AC and open a window to the world.
Whip up your favorite yummy snack and present it to a soup kitchen!
Love history? Visit folks at the senior center and ask about the amazing things they've witnessed.
Want to change the world? Practice random acts of kindness.
Keep your brain sharp and body strong. Ask for healthy lunch options at school.
Say "thank you!"...'tis music to your teachers' ears.
Seeking positive change? Ask your local government officials for help.
Lead by your good example.
New kid at school? Eat lunch with them!
Volunteering? Invite your nearest and dearest along.
Have an older neighbor? Rake their leaves or shovel their sidewalk!
Need a cat or dog to snuggle? Visit the animal shelter.
Help end poverty. Check out the UN Millennium Development Goals online.
Make soldiers smile...send letters & goodies!
There's nothing like a warm hug...share one today.
Show gratitude and write thank you notes!
Get fit and have fun...start a neighborhood exercise group.
Eating healthy? Partner up to share knowledge, tips and encouragement.
Share a home cooked meal - and cheerful chat - with a homebound person.
Got a big idea? Launch it with a community event!
Friend on a mission? Help them!
Tummy grumbling at the grocery store? Buy a canned good for the food pantry box.
See somebody struggling with heavy bags or boxes? Lend a hand.
Active voters make our country great. Ensure adults in your life are registered!
Adorable pets await loving homes! Where? The animal shelter...tell your friends and family!
Brighten the world...smile often!
What are you going to do with your idea.....Change the World!!
Source: You Tube, "What Do I do With and Idea?" written by Kobi Yamada
1. Pick one way you want to make the world a better place.
2. Complete your mission of making the world a better place.
3. Photograph yourself making the world a better place. (have a parent take your photo)
4. Send the photo to my email at firstname.lastname@example.org (make sure to state your name, grade, and teacher)
5. Be on the look out for your photo in the next PBIS assembly.
(if you are unable to take a photo or send the photo, please leave me a note in my mailbox)