"The Pea Green Boat" provides a unique and nurturing place to hear stories about how it feels to be excluded, mocked, and bullied because you’re different, in color or ability – or how it feels to be accepted despite those differences. This week, Annie facilitates conversations with grade-school students and a teacher, Sheryl Noethe, about feeling different and isolated. Students write about their feelings and then read their poems.
What does Montana’s limited ethnic and cultural diversity mean to the social development of the state’s children? Nearly 90 per cent of Montana’s children have little reason to learn, to think, or to act beyond their individual experience as a member of the majority.
Programs in the Kids Like You and Me series can help build empathy and teach compassion and acceptance. The programs can also be a resource for parents, caregivers, and teachers to help begin and moderate relevant conversations.
Support for MTPR is provided by the Greater Montana Foundation – encouraging communication on issues, trends and values of importance to Montanans.