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Bentonville Celebrates Choose Love Community-Wide

Bentonville to celebrate Choose Love program

[Scarlett’s] son Jesse was 6 years old when he was killed in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012.

She started the Choose Love Movement in an effort to prevent tragedies. The nonprofit organization’s social and emotional education program focuses on teaching people how to choose loving thoughts over angry thoughts. The program is designed for students in prekindergarten through 12th grade.

The four values fundamental to the program are courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion in action. Choose Love is in 5% of the nation’s schools representing about 1.5 million kids, Lewis said.

Lewis’ speech will be followed by a fall festival on Old High’s front lawn featuring a marching band, games, balloons and more, said Leslee Wright, the district’s director of communication.

“It’s going to be upbeat and positive,” Wright said. “It’s about making the world a safer place through kindness and humanity.”

Read the full story by Dave Perozek (Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette) HERE.