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Lakewood’s NAAPID assembly highlights the importance of kindness

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There was a snow day on Feb. 11 this year, which was the day most schools had planned their National African American Parent Involvement Day activities. School have rescheduled their NAAPID celebrations since then.

One of Lakewood Elementary’s NAAPID activities was to read “Each Kindness,” written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Media specialist Eileen Thomas read the book to each grade on Feb. 28.

The book chronicles the story of a new girl who is teased and excluded by her classmates. It has won the Coretta Scott King award from the American Library Association and the Charlotte Zotolow Award from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center.

“It takes place in a school, and it’s about what we want our kids to do and how we want our kids to treat each other,” Thomas said.

After Thomas read the book and discussed it with the students, Susan King’s fourth grade class sang “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” shown in the video above.

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