THE BE KIND PEOPLE PROJECT™ LAUNCHES INITIATIVE TO

“THANK EVERY TEACHER IN LOS ANGELES”

Nonprofit Collaborates with Teach For America to Deliver Gifts of Appreciation to

Los Angeles Educators During Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11

The Be Kind People Project, a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the 6.2 million teachers in America will launch a huge initiative to help the city “Thank Every Teacher in Los Angeles” during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11).  Through hand-delivered gifts and a series of “COOL 2 B KIND” assemblies at various schools, The Be Kind People Project hopes to spark a movement to extend intentional gestures of gratitude to all teachers in Los Angeles as well as inspire kindness in students.

During the week of May 7-11, The Be Kind People Project with Teach For America’sassistance, will bestow gifts of appreciation on thousands of teachers in the Los Angeles area.  These special gifts will be hand-delivered to schools in a custom-wrapped Be Kind People Project™ schoolbus to every teacher in the K-8 schools where Teach For America corpsmembers teach. BEE KIND stickers, Thank You cards for students to give to someone at their school and BEE KIND KID pledge cards will also be distributed to all of the students at these schools to encourage kindness.

In addition, The Be Kind People Project will also be hosting a series of “COOL 2 B KIND” assemblies at several schools in Los Angeles, which will give students an opportunity to acknowledge, appreciate and thank their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. Students will be entertained through music, dance, giveaways and activities designed to reinforce the basic fundamentals of the BEE KIND pledge, which urges students to commit to practicing kindness in their schools.  Free e-cards will also be available at The Be Kind People Project’s website (www.bekindpeopleproject.org) for anyone to download and send electronic expressions of gratitude to teachers.

“The teachers in Los Angeles are real heroes!” said The Be Kind People Project’s Founder Marcia Meyer. “We’d love for every teacher in Los Angeles to get a special acknowledgment during Teacher Appreciation Week and hope that parents and students, alike, will take a moment to express their gratitude by saying ‘Thanks’ to their teachers for a job well done.  We are excited to be collaborating with Teach For America and are sohonored to be delivering thank you gifts to teachers at many schools across Los Angeles.  We hope that our actions can be a catalyst to appreciating the entire teacher community.”  She continued, “There is much concern in every community surrounding bullying and we are also pleased to deliver elements of our Classroom Kindness Programs to schools in Los Angeles.  We believe our positive approach will equip students to communicate respectfully, with kindness to one another.”

About The Be Kind People Project:

The Be Kind People Project™ is an Arizona-based nonprofit dedicated to thanking our nation’s teachers, developing kindness education programs, and combating bullying by igniting the power of kindness in schools across the U.S. The organization’s dual mission is to instill the concept of intentional kindness in students and to honor the 6.2 million teachers who bring their consummate skills and selfless devotion to our nation’s classrooms. To learn more about The Be Kind People Project and how to get involved, please visit TheBeKindPeopleProject.org and follow us on Facebook facebook.com/ TheBeKindPeopleProject.

About Teach For America:

Teach For America works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding individuals of all academic disciplines to commit two years to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today more than 9,000 corps members are teaching in 43 urban and rural regions across the country, while nearly 24,000 alumni are working across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education. For more information, visitwww.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook facebook.com/teachforamerica and Twitter twitter.com/teachforamerica.

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