While we’re in the season of good will and giving, it ’s the perfect time to tell you about Operation Respect. It was founded by Peter Yarrow (of the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary), and is now an international organization dedicated to “safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth through our social-emotional learning curriculum, professional training, and inspiring music.”
Operation Respect has tools for teachers and other adults to “to help children and youth express their feelings constructively, resolve conflict peacefully, celebrate diversity, and engage with each other in a spirit of caring, compassion and cooperation.” What a great mission for these times! To learn more about this group, see classroom lessons and more, go to their website at operationrespect.org.
I’ll leave you with a link to a video of the song “Don’t Laugh at Me” sung by Peter, Paul and Mary. It’s beautifully done, and a good reminder that every person has value in our world.