Move Your Own Mountain

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Manjhi Moves a Mountain is the true story of Dashrath Manjhi, who made a difference with a vision and hard work. We want to celebrate kids everywhere who have worked hard to make a difference in their communities, too.  Please share your stories and photos so we can inspire each other to spread kindness!

 
Do you think Avivah Rhodes is happy because she has a lot of teddy bears? No, Avivah Rhodes is happy because she spent her 1st birthday, Sept. 9, 2019, with Kind Day festivities, which included giving all these teddy bears to kids at Children’s Medical Center in Plano. Her mom, Shayna, celebrates her daughters’ birthdays every year with a Kind Day. That’s when Avivah and big sister, Mila, give back to people in their community and around the globe. Here are some more of the great things Avivah did:  -Paying it forward for a few others at McDonald’s drive-thru Giving monetary donations to: - Humane Borders (Sets up water stations for migrants in Arizona) - Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (Dining Series - funds meals for children & families during therapy sessions) - Wholesome Wave (Makes fresh fruits & veggies affordable & accessible for families in need)  #AvivahMovesMountains #MilaMovesMountains #ShaynaMovesMountains  #BeKind

Do you think Avivah Rhodes is happy because she has a lot of teddy bears? No, Avivah Rhodes is happy because she spent her 1st birthday, Sept. 9, 2019, with Kind Day festivities, which included giving all these teddy bears to kids at Children’s Medical Center in Plano. Her mom, Shayna, celebrates her daughters’ birthdays every year with a Kind Day. That’s when Avivah and big sister, Mila, give back to people in their community and around the globe. Here are some more of the great things Avivah did:
-Paying it forward for a few others at McDonald’s drive-thru
Giving monetary donations to:
- Humane Borders (Sets up water stations for migrants in Arizona)
- Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (Dining Series - funds meals for children & families during therapy sessions)
- Wholesome Wave (Makes fresh fruits & veggies affordable & accessible for families in need)

#AvivahMovesMountains #MilaMovesMountains #ShaynaMovesMountains #BeKind

Avivah celebrates her 1st bithday the way big sister Mila does, with a Kindness Day organized by their mom, Shayna Vincent. #bekind #AvivahMilaShaynaMoveMountains

Avivah celebrates her 1st bithday the way big sister Mila does, with a Kindness Day organized by their mom, Shayna Vincent. #bekind #AvivahMilaShaynaMoveMountains

The amazing preschoolers at OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool in Palo Alto, California grow food for the hungry in their beautiful garden! What a wonderful way to help others! #LeslieFamilyKidsMoveMountains

The amazing preschoolers at OFJCC Leslie Family Preschool in Palo Alto, California grow food for the hungry in their beautiful garden! What a wonderful way to help others! #LeslieFamilyKidsMoveMountains

From Ryan Murray, second grade teacher:  Second-graders at Hollywood Elementary in Brookfield, Illinois have their eyes on a community park renovation – they would like to see a zipline, lending library, butterfly garden, dog park, and other fun things included in the renovation plan. They’ve drawn maps of their park designs, wrote essays, published letters in the local paper, and attended two meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission. As a result, the kids are learning about government, civic engagement, and persuasive writing.  Thank you, Mr. Murray and Hollywood Elementary, you are #movingmountains!

From Ryan Murray, second grade teacher:

Second-graders at Hollywood Elementary in Brookfield, Illinois have their eyes on a community park renovation – they would like to see a zipline, lending library, butterfly garden, dog park, and other fun things included in the renovation plan. They’ve drawn maps of their park designs, wrote essays, published letters in the local paper, and attended two meetings of the Parks and Recreation Commission. As a result, the kids are learning about government, civic engagement, and persuasive writing.

Thank you, Mr. Murray and Hollywood Elementary, you are #movingmountains!

 
The students at Oak Knoll Elementary in Menlo Park, California were moved to do something to help those affected by the hurricanes and fires. They wanted to donate to the Red Cross which helped people in both disasters. They accomplished their goals by doing chores at home to earn change. They cleaned windows, vacuumed the house, washed the car and more. As a school, Oak Knoll earned over $2,600! Hanna Malik from the Red Cross came to collect the money from Counselor Nicole Scott and Principal Kristen Gracia.

The students at Oak Knoll Elementary in Menlo Park, California were moved to do something to help those affected by the hurricanes and fires. They wanted to donate to the Red Cross which helped people in both disasters. They accomplished their goals by doing chores at home to earn change. They cleaned windows, vacuumed the house, washed the car and more. As a school, Oak Knoll earned over $2,600! Hanna Malik from the Red Cross came to collect the money from Counselor Nicole Scott and Principal Kristen Gracia.

From VIJAY at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: I thought your book was amazing. I set up a lemonade stand to raise money for the Texas Food Bank. I raised $45 and one dollar can feed three children so I fed 135 children. Even though it is not as significant as what Manjhi did, I still moved a mountain. Than you. Sincerely, Vijay

The classrooms of Ms. Zeiser, Ms. Bulkin, and Ms. Austin (also called the ABZ mulitage class) at Oak Knoll Elementary in Menlo Park, Ca. donated $900 to The Houston ASPCA. Ms. Zeiser writes that she "would like to recognize my students who put in extraordinary work, time, and kindness to make that donation possible. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, my students were consumed with anxiety about their human and animal friends in Houston. We discussed what we could do from "all the way over here in California." After a robust conversation about kindness in action, the students volunteered to host bake sales, lemonade stands, and do extra chores to earn money for Harvey victims. In the following weeks, I was overwhelmed with pride as the students shared their efforts and triumphs while rallying for the cause. As a group, we decided that our donation would be best sent to the Houston ASPCA you for the amazing work they do to serve our animal friends!"

The classrooms of Ms. Zeiser, Ms. Bulkin, and Ms. Austin (also called the ABZ mulitage class) at Oak Knoll Elementary in Menlo Park, Ca. donated $900 to The Houston ASPCA. Ms. Zeiser writes that she "would like to recognize my students who put in extraordinary work, time, and kindness to make that donation possible. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, my students were consumed with anxiety about their human and animal friends in Houston. We discussed what we could do from "all the way over here in California." After a robust conversation about kindness in action, the students volunteered to host bake sales, lemonade stands, and do extra chores to earn money for Harvey victims. In the following weeks, I was overwhelmed with pride as the students shared their efforts and triumphs while rallying for the cause. As a group, we decided that our donation would be best sent to the Houston ASPCA you for the amazing work they do to serve our animal friends!"

The students from Greenhill School in Addison, Texas have been moving mountains! From SARAH: The way I've "moved a mountain" is last year me, my brother and a friend held a lemonade stand in which we sold rainbows, looms and lemonade. We donated every last cent to MD Anderson cancer research! We made about $125.00. My mom had a friend with cancer who has now passed away but our donation was in honor of her. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Sarah  From CHLOE: We recently read your book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN, and our grade was thinking of ways that we could "move a mountain" as well. One way that I help move a mountain is donating to animal shelters. I also donate my old clothes to Goodwill. I love helping out and I truly hope that one day everyone will. I think that you are such an amazing person by spotlighting this unsung here Manjhi. Thank you so much! Love, Chloe

The students from Greenhill School in Addison, Texas have been moving mountains! From SARAH: The way I've "moved a mountain" is last year me, my brother and a friend held a lemonade stand in which we sold rainbows, looms and lemonade. We donated every last cent to MD Anderson cancer research! We made about $125.00. My mom had a friend with cancer who has now passed away but our donation was in honor of her. Thanks for reading! Sincerely, Sarah

From CHLOE: We recently read your book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN, and our grade was thinking of ways that we could "move a mountain" as well. One way that I help move a mountain is donating to animal shelters. I also donate my old clothes to Goodwill. I love helping out and I truly hope that one day everyone will. I think that you are such an amazing person by spotlighting this unsung here Manjhi. Thank you so much! Love, Chloe

More wonderful stories from the kids at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas!

From MARLEY: We just read your book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN in library. It made me think of what mountain I would like to move. A lot of times I think about how lucky I am to be so healthy. Some kids aren't so lucky, and have cancer. Depending on the cancer, some kids have to get homeschooled. Doctors do all they can to help people with cancer, but they still have not found a cure. This summer, I'm planning on making a fundraiser, whether it's a lemonade stand, a bake sale, a carwash and may other ones. I'm going to raise as much money as possible to help those ids. They they won't have the worry of someday not making it. I will also will ask some of my friends to help me. With Big Hopes, Marley

From IZZY: My class loved the book MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. Every time my sister and I get in an argument, my sister Addy goes off to tell Mom, who is getting overwhelmed and every time I have to go chase after her! So I'm going to create a peace path in my yard where we both can talk about the problem. I think this will help everyone! Sincerely, Izzy

 
Love this idea! WFAA posted a story about a Buddy Bench at Lake Dallas ISD. If a child doesn't have someone to play with, the child sits on the Buddy Bench. If the other children see someone on the Buddy Bench, they ask that child to play. A Buddy Bench is a great way to move a mountain! Does your school have one?  https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/education/buddy-bench-brings-students-together/318949821

Love this idea! WFAA posted a story about a Buddy Bench at Lake Dallas ISD. If a child doesn't have someone to play with, the child sits on the Buddy Bench. If the other children see someone on the Buddy Bench, they ask that child to play. A Buddy Bench is a great way to move a mountain! Does your school have one?

https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/local/education/buddy-bench-brings-students-together/318949821

More students from Greenhill School in Addison, moving mountains!

From DERIAN: I read your book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN, and I would like to tell you how I moved my mountain. A few days before Thanksgiving, I volunteered at a community center to give homeless people food for Thanksgiving. My job was to wash and cut turkeys. The other volunteer said I worked so hard to get the turkeys ready and after about an hour we did it. We gave over 200 meals to people that day and I felt really good after doing it. Thanks for listening about how I moved my mountain. Your friend, Derian

.Kudos to NATALIE HAMPTON of Sherman Oaks, California, who created a Sit With Us app for kids in her high school. Sign up for the app to help make sure no one has to sit alone in the lunchroom again.

.Kudos to NATALIE HAMPTON of Sherman Oaks, California, who created a Sit With Us app for kids in her high school. Sign up for the app to help make sure no one has to sit alone in the lunchroom again.

Way to go, Roanoke Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, moving mountains with your Friendship Bench!

Way to go, Roanoke Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, moving mountains with your Friendship Bench!

From ISABEL at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: I loved reading the book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. One thing I can do to move my own mountain is by picking up litter in my neighborhood and school community. I could do this once or twice a week. I think what Manjhi did was amazing. It must have been very hard work. Sincerely, Isabel

From ZACH at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: I recently read your book MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. I have done something that helped people that could not buy enough food for themselves. I twas called Meals-on-Wheels. We went to different apartments and gave people salads, sandwiches, etc.  Thank you for reading my letter. Sincerely, Zach

 

From TARIK at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: I moved a mountain because I saw how people didn't care for the environment. Most people don't turn the lights off after they leave the room and a lot of people litter a lot. So I decided to join Team Green, which is a club that helps the environment. Every day we do trash pickup, or set up bird feeders or maintain our garden. This is how I moved a mountain. Sincerely, Tarik

From SOFI at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: A while ago I noticed that people would let their dogs poop in someone's yard and walking away without cleaning it up. I found a way to move this mountain by placing boxes full of poop bags on some of the corners and little flags in the corners of some years to remind people. I hope you enjoyed my letter. Sincerely, Sofi

 

From MAYA at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, where peacocks roam the grounds: I liked your book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. I want to move my mountain with gender equality. What I mean is, girls and women get treated differently from men. I am starting to fight against that. In school, we got to write change letters. Mine was about gender separation in stores. If you walk down a toy aisle in Walmart, what do you see? You probably see pink for girls or blue for boys. That's what I'm fighting against. I think gender equality is a big mountain we have to move. Sincerely, Maya

From MAYA at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas, where peacocks roam the grounds: I liked your book, MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. I want to move my mountain with gender equality. What I mean is, girls and women get treated differently from men. I am starting to fight against that. In school, we got to write change letters. Mine was about gender separation in stores. If you walk down a toy aisle in Walmart, what do you see? You probably see pink for girls or blue for boys. That's what I'm fighting against. I think gender equality is a big mountain we have to move. Sincerely, Maya

From SASHA at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: In this letter I'm presenting to you something at Greenhill School that we have been trying to fix since forever! Littering! So many people have put up signs around school encouraging people to not litter but that didn't help much. It recently got bad since Greenhill started to have water cups on the playground. I'm finding cups all over the playground! Last year in 3rd grade, me and a group of friends went around the playground and collected a lot of trash. I'm hoping to do the same thing this year, but I'm also encouraging other people to clean up trash and to not litter. It's not Greenhill if it's not green! Sincerely, Sasha

From SASHA at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: In this letter I'm presenting to you something at Greenhill School that we have been trying to fix since forever! Littering! So many people have put up signs around school encouraging people to not litter but that didn't help much. It recently got bad since Greenhill started to have water cups on the playground. I'm finding cups all over the playground! Last year in 3rd grade, me and a group of friends went around the playground and collected a lot of trash. I'm hoping to do the same thing this year, but I'm also encouraging other people to clean up trash and to not litter. It's not Greenhill if it's not green! Sincerely, Sasha

From ALBERTINA at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: I really enjoyed reading MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. Earlier in the year, my friends and I did a book drive for Avance. Avance is a place where they collect books for kids who can't afford to go to school. The kids go there to learn how to read and write. In the fourth grade area at Greenhill, my friends and I put a box there, and we informed our classmates that if they could go through their house to see if they have any old books that they don't want anymore. We collected so many books, and Avance was so happy! Sincerely, Albertina

From ALBERTINA at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas: I really enjoyed reading MANJHI MOVES A MOUNTAIN. Earlier in the year, my friends and I did a book drive for Avance. Avance is a place where they collect books for kids who can't afford to go to school. The kids go there to learn how to read and write. In the fourth grade area at Greenhill, my friends and I put a box there, and we informed our classmates that if they could go through their house to see if they have any old books that they don't want anymore. We collected so many books, and Avance was so happy! Sincerely, Albertina

From Mila’s grandmother, Johannah Luza:  Each year before Mila's birthday she and Shayna plan for weeks agencies and people they want to share her birthday with. This year they gave gloves to the sanitation department, candy baskets to firemen, puzzles to Alzheimer patients, new clothes for girls in foster care and balloons and goodie baskets to other agencies. This year was a success! And Mila said," I know we made so many people happy today!" Thanks, Mila, for spreading kindness! #MilaMovesMountains

From Mila’s grandmother, Johannah Luza:

Each year before Mila's birthday she and Shayna plan for weeks agencies and people they want to share her birthday with. This year they gave gloves to the sanitation department, candy baskets to firemen, puzzles to Alzheimer patients, new clothes for girls in foster care and balloons and goodie baskets to other agencies. This year was a success! And Mila said," I know we made so many people happy today!" Thanks, Mila, for spreading kindness! #MilaMovesMountains

Pia Allibhoy, 8, is making a difference like Manjhi by inviting friends who sit on the buddy bench to join her games. She also volunteers at her local pet shelter once a week. She says that when she grows up she is going to become a culinary chemist and invent new foods to help the world get healthy. Thank you, Pia, for spreading kindness and sharing this beautiful picture of yourself playing with a kitten at the animal shelter. #PiaMovesMountains

Pia Allibhoy, 8, is making a difference like Manjhi by inviting friends who sit on the buddy bench to join her games. She also volunteers at her local pet shelter once a week. She says that when she grows up she is going to become a culinary chemist and invent new foods to help the world get healthy. Thank you, Pia, for spreading kindness and sharing this beautiful picture of yourself playing with a kitten at the animal shelter. #PiaMovesMountains

As part of a student council sponsored event, the students at West Rockhill Elementary School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania collected food for a local food pantry known as F.I.S.H. Their efforts will help feed struggling families in their local community. Thank you Jane Krot for letting us know about the wonderful kids of West Rockhill Elementary School. #WestRockhillMovesMountains!


As part of a student council sponsored event, the students at West Rockhill Elementary School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania collected food for a local food pantry known as F.I.S.H. Their efforts will help feed struggling families in their local community. Thank you Jane Krot for letting us know about the wonderful kids of West Rockhill Elementary School. #WestRockhillMovesMountains!