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Roots of Empathy Recruiting Volunteer Families for the Fall

Are you a proud parent with a new baby?

Will your baby

be 2-4 months old in October?

If so...Your baby could be a teacher...and YOU could be a Roots of Empathy Family!


What is Roots of Empathy?

Roots of Empathy is an evidence-based classroom program that has shown a significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among school children while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program helps students to understand each other better, creating a tolerance for our differences by observing and learning from the loving relationship between a parent and baby.


What is the role of the Family?

This program celebrates the power of the family in the development of the baby as a person. A mother and/or father visits a local school classroom with their baby and a

trained Roots of Empathy Instructor nine times throughout the school year, each time for about 30 minutes.


For more information please contact Mary Wright at 519.267.6444 or



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