What would you do if you heard one of your friends needed something? Would you find a way to help?  The students at Somerset High School in   Wisconsin faced a dilemma when they heard special needs student, J. R. Gilbert only had one pair of shoes that were three sizes too small. One of J. R.’s classmates learned he wouldn’t throw out his only pair of ill-fitting shoes because they belonged to his grandfather. After hearing about J.R.’s problem, his friends went to work collecting donations to buy him some new shoes. Everyone in the school was happy to donate something to help J. R. Perhaps they learned about kindness and generosity by reading chapter books when they were younger.

The fundraising drive succeeded expectations. In fact, the students raised enough money to buy J. R. two fashionable, bright pairs of Nike shoes. J. R. was thrilled when he got the big surprise. He said ” You guys are the best. You got my favorite kind, too!” He was so excited to receive the gifts just before Christmas last year. There’s no doubt J. R. will remember the kindness of his classmates forever. Don’t yo think they did an amazing thing?

If you enjoy reading chapter books with messages about kindness to others, teamwork, and friendship, you’d enjoy my books, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, and Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog. These captivating tales are told by the animal characters. The chapter books will keep you smiling from cover to cover, while you learn some wonderful things.For example, you’ll find out why Hattie the chicken nearly fainted when she saw the headline in The Gazette.  If you read Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog you’ll find out how Bentley changed from an obnoxious bully to a much kinder friend. I’d love to know your thoughts on these stories.

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