Since tomorrow is the US holiday of Thanksgiving, we thought it appropriate to post today our gratitude for all of you. We have 3000 reasons for which to be thankful.
Published in July 2013, the past 17 months have been an amazing experience for all of us affiliated with 'A Different Little Doggy' and we are thankful to all of you who have supported this journey helping to curb bullying by building self-esteem one child, one book at a time.
As of this week, we are very proud to say we delivered our 3000th book. That is an amazing accomplishment for us; one which would not have happened had it not been for the support of so many people across this country and around the world.
Because of your willingness to purchase, to share the message with friends and family, to donate to charitable organizations for fundraising, and to check out 'A Different Little Doggy' from your local library, we are able to help children appreciate their individuality which will hopefully make small corners of the world a little more peaceful in years to come. It is with true sincerity and gratitude today that we say to each of our supporters, "Thank You".
We all know teachers make a difference to children, so for July, we thought we'd highlight one special teacher making a difference in multiple ways. Meet Allison Schley.
Allison teaches language concepts to deaf and hard of hearing children, but it goes beyond the kids. She also teaches parents and regular ed staff about hearing loss and how to interact with those who experience hearing loss. Her teaching makes a positive impact on both children and their families.
Allison is also the author of 2 Forever Friends... a charming children's book about a boy and a dog who are both deaf, but become life long friends. Life in silence can be hard on both dogs and people. 2 Forever Friends helps teach children to be accepting of those who are different due to hearing loss. Her books help kids relate to characters who are different, so they can see we are all special.
When asked how she makes a difference for children, Allison stated "I teach them to embrace their hearing loss, not hide it. I show them to be proud of who they are."
Personally, I think the biggest way Allison makes a difference is by promoting acceptance. It's when we don't understand something that we fear it and may experience anxiety. Understanding, on the other hand, brings about acceptance. When we understand something, there's no reason to fear it.
Thank you Allison (and your own different little doggy) for all you do for children.
July is National Make A Difference To A Child Month... a time to focus on the many, many opportunities in our day that each of us can positively impact a child whether it be our own or the child of another. If you're short on ideas, here's a few to kick off the start of your month:
How many ways do you, friends, or family members make a difference for children every day? Please share your stories.
Who Are We:
A Different Little Doggy is primarily a children's picture book promoting self-esteem, acceptance, tolerance, and friendship to children ages 4-8.