Compassion Education

Winning Team

Winning Team

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"Are you nervous?" she asked me, smiling like she knew the answer, her eyes searching for a parking spot. "No," I lied. I had asked to come along. "They're just like us, you know," she said. She could tell I was nervous. "Just treat them the way you'd like to be treated." We had parked and it was time to get out of the car. There was a long line of people in front of the place. "Is that them?" I asked. "Yes, of course," she said, locking the car...Read more
Strange Days

Strange Days and Strange Nights

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Molly was scrunched up all small. She was cold and shivering but her palms were sweating. She rubbed them against the cot. At first she had been mad at her mother, but now she was too exhausted to be mad. She just wanted sleep to come so she could forget where she was. She wished she still had that quilt that she had left on her bed back home. She wondered if it was still there, not just the blanket but the house, too. Was her home still there?...Read more
Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

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To the Editor: I'm writing to you to set the story straight--to end the rumors. Your article entitled "Magical Dog Teaches Spelling Bee Champion to Read" is a little misleading. I'm not mad. It's just that the real story is so much better. Point number one: I do not have a magical dog. I have a completely regular dog. That's what makes this so cool. So I couldn't read, okay? I was in the third grade and could not read at all. My teacher would...Read more
I'd Rather Be a Tree

I'd Rather Be a Tree

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When I grow up, I could be a box, a book, or board. When I grow up, I could be a barn where things are stored. When I grow up, I could be these things that people need. But when I grow up, I'd rather be what I am meant to be: a plant that cleans the air and cools the earth. I'd rather be a tree. But since I am a tree, I do not have a voice. I'm hoping that the people see that they can make a choice to recycle the book or box, and reuse the...Read more
Gone for Good

Gone for Good -- Animal Friends

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"When I blow out the candles, I know what I'm going to wish for. I have been planning it forever. I have been four forever. I cannot wait to be five," I thought. Mo's tail was thumping against my leg. Duke was rolling in the grass. But I never made that wish, whatever it was. Two days later, when I finally closed my eyes, raw from all the tears, there was only one thing I could wish for. I just wanted them back. I'm sure that there were presents...Read more
The Best Medicine

The Best Medicine- Life in an Assisted Living Facility

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You don't mess with Mary. That's the rule around here. She makes the best pies, knits the fastest, and can name all 50 states in alphabetical order. She acts tough, but she's really sweet. I should know. I'm Mary. I have an incredible memory and that's why I rule the roost. I just act tough to make the seniors here laugh. You have to laugh when you live in an assisted living facility. Some people here can't remember who the president is or what...Read more
Dog Days

The Dog Days of Gobs

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If this were a movie, Gobs would be one of those mean, junk yard dogs snarling, and barking, and making little boys run for their lives. His ear is all chewed up and he has an ugly scar by his eye. But, this is not a movie. This is an animal shelter on the edge of town where I've been volunteering for years, and this story is better than a movie. No one wanted to adopt Gobs. Maybe it was because he didn't act all cute when families came in...Read more
Abraham

Abraham's Story - My Journey from Sudan to America

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My name is Abraham Chol Kuany (pronounced Kwine). I was born in South Sudan, Africa in a rural village called Wernyol. There was no electricity, running water, telephones, automobiles or grocery stores in my village. We lived a simple life and had almost no connection with the outside world. I thought the people in my village were the only people in the entire world. If we wanted to travel somewhere, we had to go there by foot, even to get our...Read more
Growing up in Haiti

Growing Up in Haiti

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Growing Up in Haiti, by Jacqueline I was born in Port-au-Prince, the fourth of five sisters. We lived in a three bedroom house that was quite crowded for 7 people. My parents were very strict and we all had to share household chores like doing the laundry by hand, ironing all of our clothes and cleaning the house. There were always plenty of chores to do and my parents made us do them. My dad was a retired road foreman and he was considered too...Read more
Pigs

Pigs are Perfect for the Pangeni Family

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My family lives in Pokhara, Nepal, in the Himalayan Mountain Range. Perhaps you have heard of Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. It is part of the Himalayas, the mountains my family can see from our town. The Himalayan Mountains are a beautiful sight, but unfortunately, where my family's home is located, the view is not as beautiful. I, Laxmi Pangeni, live with my parents, my four brothers and one sister in a one room house in a...Read more

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