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A word from the students at Oakley
Posted by Kevin Salwen on 04.21.2011Share

Yesterday, I wrote about the reactions of 8th grade students at Bear Creek Middle School to the Power of Half programming. At our other school, Oakley Elementary in Union City, we are working with the 4th graders to help them learn their capacity to feel powerful through giving.

This time, counselor Dale Oldham and I decided that rather than interview the students and ask for their reactions, we should let them speak directly. Those perspectives will show up in the comments section below this post.

Hi. I am Kayla Willis. Thanks to the PoH I now realize you have to give to live.
Posted by Dale at 09:46am on 05.09.2011

Hello. My name is Tatyana Parker. My comment is that giving is loving people no matter what happens.
Posted by Dale at 09:42am on 05.09.2011

Hello. My name is Tatyana Parker. My comment is that giving is loving people no matter what happens.
Posted by Dale at 09:42am on 05.09.2011

Hello. My name is Tatyana Parker. My comment is that giving is loving people no matter what happens.
Posted by Dale at 09:42am on 05.09.2011

Thanks to the PoH I realize if you care for others it makes you feel good inside. Zion Sellers, 4th grade student.
Posted by Dale at 09:39am on 05.09.2011

Thanks to the PoH I now realize you are free to believe that you can do anything. Signed: Justus Cambridge, 2011.
Posted by Dale at 09:35am on 05.09.2011

Posted by a student who wants to remain nameless: Thanks to the PoH I now realize when you give to the homeless, they feel like family.
Posted by Dale at 09:26am on 05.09.2011

A post from more students at Oakley ES.......
Posted by Dale at 09:23am on 05.09.2011

My Mission: Together we csn give back to the world. by:HEAVEN
Posted by Dale at 09:13am on 05.09.2011

To all you beautiful students at Oakley ES --Jaquan, Jamaya, Makaili, Jawau, Lorenzo (and anyone else who is involved) - I just want you to know that some middle-aged lady in New Jersey is LIT UP by your generosity and intention to help less fortunate people in your community. YOU are the people who are going to make the world a better place in the future, because you're already doing it RIGHT NOW. Never underestimate your power to help, you power to make a positive difference in the world, your power to inspire others to be compassionate, understanding individuals. I don't know any of you, but sitting here alone in my kitchen on a Saturday night, you are inspiring me to to keep up my own "power of half" commitments and to always share what I have. You guys are AWESOME! I hope you feel proud of yourselves, you deserve to. I am grateful for and inspired by you story, and I want to keep hearing more!
Posted by Kyle at 9:10pm on 04.23.2011

Hi Oakley students. Thanks for these great ideas. It's clear you care a lot about people and the environment. I look forward to working with you again to help develop your ideas.
Posted by Kevin at 12:40pm on 04.21.2011

My name is Lorenzo Jordan.My vision is to help the homeless. I pledge to save half of my allowance and every month take that money to a homeless shelter.
Posted by Dale at 09:37am on 04.21.2011

MY NAME IS JAWAU OWENS. I AM A 4TH GRADER AT OAKLEY ES. MY VISION IS TO HELP HOMELESS AND HUNGRY PEOPLE BY GIVING THEM FOOD. WHEN MY FAMILY COOKS A LOT OF FOOD, WE CAN TAKE SOME OF IT TO A SHELTER. BESIDES I DON'T EAT A LOT, SO I CAN SHARE SOME OF MY FOOD.
Posted by Dale at 09:31am on 04.21.2011

Hi, My name is Makaili Rowden,and I like to help the homeless people find shelter. My vision is to save up money to buy a house for the homeless and give the whole house to the homeless and keep the house we already have for us.
Posted by Dale at 09:31am on 04.21.2011

HI, MY NAME IS JAMAYA WILLIAMS, A 4th grader at OAKLEY ES. My vision is for my family and I to help raise money for a church so they can donate the money to the homeless people.
Posted by Dale at 09:24am on 04.21.2011

HELLO. MY NAME IS JAQUAN SNELLINGS,A 4th grader at Oakley ES. My vision is to keep the environment that I live in clean. The solution is for me to stop littering.
Posted by Dale at 09:13am on 04.21.2011