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22 Aug: Update from Scarlett

THANK YOU to our Choose Love community! With your support, we are able to offer the solution to issues that we are experiencing in our schools and the world. We can not wait for someone else to solve these problems, indeed if they could have, they would have! These issues are matters of the heart and we can change the world by teaching how to choose love. Love is what connects us all as human beings – we all want to…

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22 Aug: Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility By Scarlett Lewis Does anyone ever really swoop in and solve our problems? Even in the long-term? Perhaps parents do, or at least try, when we’re children. But in reality, issues that we face in our personal lives, as well as those in our society, require us to take personal responsibility to solve them. We do this when we stop blaming others and become the change we want to experience. Take the issues of bullying, suicide and substance…

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22 Aug: Climate Control: Treat Your Classroom Like Our Planet

Climate Control: Treat Your Classroom Like Our Planet By Krislyn Petti, Teacher, Waterbury, CT Quote for Contemplation: I realized if you can change a classroom, you can change a community, and if you change enough communities you can change the world. -Erin Gruwell 90, 74, 28, 66, 37, 91, 77. Did you ever take notice of how you feel when the temperatures go extreme? One day it’s hot and the next it’s freezing? Or how your body aches when a…

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15 Jul: Option B

Option B Featured Post https://optionb.org/stories/i-didnt-lose-my-son-he-was-murdered-s1ga5e9lz By Scarlett Lewis I’ve spoken all over the world since my six-year-old son’s murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School alongside nineteen of his classmates and six educators in one of the worst mass murders in U.S. history. Shortly after his death, I decided to be part of the solution to the issues that we’re seeing in our society—and that also caused the tragedy. I became an advocate for social and emotional learning that teaches children…

15 May: Ceeds of Peace Video on Choose Love Success

      Ceeds of Peace provided us with their video created by Kelley Lum Oshiro, the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement’s Hawaiian ambassador, showing the positive results of the Choose Love Enrichment Program pilot at Ka’elepulu Elementary School. Educators and students alike are capture describing the impact of the program at their school.  Ceeds of Peace is an organization we love and support and was founded by Maya Soetoro-Ng and Kerrie Urosevich at University of Hawaii. Ceeds of Peace offers a…

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01 May: Senate Majority Leader Invites Scarlett Lewis to CT State Capitol

After hearing Scarlett Lewis speak at All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk, CT in February, Connecticut Senator Bob Duff, Senate Majority Leader, invited her to speak to other state Senators about the importance of Social and Emotional Learning and how the Choose Love Movement is helping students learn essential life skills. Senator Duff posted to Facebook:        

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30 Apr: Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D – “Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition”

                              The Biology of Belief 10th Anniversary Edition by Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D was recently released by Hay House. It includes stunning new scientific discoveries about how the biochemical effects of the brain’s functioning show that all the cells of your body are affected by your thoughts. Scarlett Lewis is included in this edition of the book and her mission to help children learn to choose…

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26 Apr: The Algorithm of Compassion by Dr. Chris Kukk

  Algorithms shape our lives in multiple ways every day from what we can buy at the grocery store to where and when we can travel on an airplane. They’re used to manage everything from determining stock sales and purchases to matching organ donors and recipients and they have all ‘sorts’ of names: bubble sort, bucket sort, and merge sort. They are mathematical equations used by machines to help people solve problems and bring a semblance of order to our…

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20 Apr: Earth Day – Minute of Mindfulness and Gratitude

Earth Day Mindfulness and Gratitude Exercise A Minute of Mindfulness Close your eyes. Take three deep breaths. Focus your attention on the out-breath. Observe the scents of the spring air. Open your eyes. Scan the landscape for color. Count each color as you see it in your view. Where do you see new life returning to the earth? Note the beauty today that wasn’t here last week. Commit to noticing one new beautiful thing each day for the next week. A…

05 Apr: Is Social and Emotional Learning in Your Schools?

Advocate for Social and Emotional Learning within Your Schools. Half Our College-Bound Youth will Have a Diagnosable Mental Illness by 18.* I took my son, JT, on a trip to the Middle East recently. I was uneasy about this and called a friend who spent three months in Jerusalem the previous summer. “Lizzy,” I asked, “Did you feel safe while you were there? See, I’m taking my only remaining son and I want to make sure I’m doing the right…

28 Mar: Peace, Love and Music from Maren

Peace Love & Music From Maren an arts & music festival honoring the life of Maren Sanchez. This 16-year-old teenager lost her life too soon to a violent crime committed by a fellow student. The mission of the Maren Sanchez Home Foundation is to empower girls to defend themselves. The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement and The Ana Grace Project have been selected to partner in this event. We are honored to celebrate the life of Maren Sanchez.  Please choose…

16 Mar: ‘The Compassionate Achiever’ – A New Book by Chris Kukk

THE COMPASSIONATE ACHIEVER: HOW HELPING OTHERS FUELS SUCCESS We are thrilled to announce our very own Dr. Chris Kukk’s book, “The Compassionate Achiever” published by Harper Collins!! Chris’ book walks us through society’s need for compassion to survive and how compassion can lead us to greater success and personal happiness in our lives! Many people think of compassion as weakness when in reality it is strength. The most successful businesses, communities and individuals rely on compassion to achieve.  Being compassionate…

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15 Mar: Scarlett Lewis Speaks at Highlands Institute in Rome, Italy

” ngg_triggers_display=”never” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]     Scarlett Lewis, founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, was a guest speaker at Highlands Institute in Rome, Italy on March 13, 2017 for an interactive meeting with pupils, teachers and parents, to discuss the educational program, the Choose Love Enrichment Program.   The Choose Love Movement was founded to spread the culture of love and positive thoughts, following the tragedy that struck Jesse Lewis who was killed at just six years old in the shooting…

14 Mar: ‘Nurturing Healing Love’ – Hay House Pick for e-Book Special

Hay House Pick for e-Book Special is offering an e-book special for ‘Nurturing Healing Love’. Only $3.99 though April 3, 2017. 100% of the proceeds from the book are donated to the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, teaching children to choose love over anger. Click to order through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iBooks.        On February 16th, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York City, Dr. Wayne Dyer invited a woman he had met that morning,…

13 Mar: Scarlett Lewis at the International Day of Forgiveness in Rome

Scarlett Lewis was a featured guest and shared her story of love and forgiveness at the International Day of Forgiveness in Rome on March 10-11, 2017: Forgiveness is central to my resilience.  A social worker came to my house shortly after the incident and told me, “I know how it feels; I’ve also lost my son and I’m here to tell you the pain will never get better.” At that moment I thought, “That is absolutely not going to be my journey.”…

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06 Mar: Choosing Love in Uganda

  Jane Ekayu, founded the Children of Peace Uganda to begin a global dialog on the issues of child soldier and offer healing to children suffering from long-term trauma.    In February, Jane worked with Scarlett in Hawaii and Connecticut in preparation for bringing the Choose Love program to Uganda. While in CT, Jane spoke at the WestConn Peacejam at the Western CT University, Johnathan Law High School in Milford, CT and made a special presentation in Newtown, CT, “Overcoming Tragedy with the Power of Forgiveness”.  …

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16 Jan: Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation Chooses Love

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is shining their light on the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement. Here is an excerpt from their Born Brave Blog: For the month of January, Born This Way Foundation will shine light on an organization that gives us hope that we can choose love, even during the darkest days. The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement was established in honor of Jesse Lewis, who was one of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School…