Lessons from Animation

When it comes to movies, I have a soft spot in my heart for animated films. I love how easy it is to escape reality when the world is restricted by things like gravity and special effects, and how a person’s face is not that of an actor, but the creation of an artist. But what I love most of all is how so many of the stories told using animation focus on the positive — like becoming a better person or  protecting your friends.

10641098_10154695472815181_5034614258459100402_nI wouldn’t kill him, because he looked as frightened as I was. I looked at him… and I saw myself.  – How to Train Your Dragon

So often our world is consumed with negative images, hatred and anger. It’s hard to remember that the world is also filled with good. Watching these stories helps me remember to appreciate the people in my life who make the world a better place, and to try my hardest to do the same.

You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Winnie the Pooh

That’s why The Leaven’s programs are so special. At each of our centers, children are surrounded by love and support. Rather than bullying or teasing each other, students focus on building each other up so that each of them can become better citizens and able to stand strong against negativity. Here, each child can not only become a better individual, but also a better friend.

Love is putting someone else’s needs before yours. – Frozen

These are lessons Leaven kids take with them when they graduate from our programs. Some of these amazing students will later volunteer to help other kids just like them. And those still in our program take the lessons they’ve learned with them every day, showing kindness to others in their classrooms.

Though our paths may have diverged, you must continue to live out your life with all your might, you must never consider your own life to be something insignificant, and you must never forget about your friends for as long as you live. – Fairy Tail

None of this would be possible without friends like you. It is your support that helps us teach these valuable life lessons to our Leaven kids. Helping kids and communities rise is a true group effort, and thanks to you, Leaven students don’t have to go to the movies to be inspired to do good in the world  — they just have to look to you.

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