Chimpanzees & Little Humans

Three things I am grateful for:

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1.) My 8-year-old friend Lydia, who knows words like “extinct” and “runoff” and “conservation.” She plays Minecraft like a fiend and gives hugs just like a chimpanzee – all arms and legs and squeals of happiness.

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2.) Women like Jane Goodall, whose lifetime of work has done more than serve her cause; it has served communities all over the globe, including Lydia’s little corner of Maryland, where a classroom full of bright little spirits was showered with plush chimps and new tools for making their world better.

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3.) Educators who understand the value of turning off the overhead fluorescents so the natural daylight can flow in; who know that wiggly 8-year-olds will pay more attention if they can sit floppily on the ground rather than rigidly in a chair; who know that kids are smart and creative and compassionate little humans; who honor the future that exists within their fresh, young minds.

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Learn more about the Jane Goodall Institute and their Roots & Shoots program for young people!

 

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