First Annual 'Roots of Empathy' Baby Celebration
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School recently hosted our Board's First Annual 'Roots of Empathy' Baby Celebration.
The seven families that participated in the '​Roots of Empathy' program.

​On Wednesday, June 12, 2013, the Halton Catholic District School Board recognized seven extraordinary families at the First Annual Roots of Empathy Baby Celebration.

Roots of Empathy is an award-winning charitable organization that offers empathy-based programming for children. The mission of the Roots of Empathy program is to build caring, peaceful, and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults.

The program consists of a series of classroom visits by a parent and baby from the community. A trained Roots of Empathy instructor visits with the family to guide students as they observe the relationship between the baby and his or her parent. Students learn to understand the perspective of the baby and label the baby’s feelings. The trained instructor then helps students to extend this learning outwards so that they are better able to label and understand their own feelings, and the feelings of others. The intent of the program is to encourage safe and caring classrooms, where students are much more likely to challenge cruelty and injustice.

On June 12th, the parents and babies who participated in this year's Roots of Empathy program enjoyed a morning of celebration at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School in Burlington. In attendance at the celebration were Jim Rowles, Superintendent of Education, and Patricia Codner, Chief Social Worker. Grade 3 students in Mrs. Francis’ class were also in attendance and shared many messages of empathy with the families.  

Special thanks are extended to Michael Chiarelli, Principal of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Elementary School, for hosting the First Annual Roots of Empathy Baby Celebration, and to the Child and Youth Counsellors who were instrumental in implementing this valuable initiative. 

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