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Baby ‘teachers’ build empathy in Hawaii schoolchildren

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Video by Diane S.W. Lee
Anuenue School third graders are learning to develop empathy by interacting with a baby and his mom. The Roots of Empathy program is a social-emotional learning program founded in Toronto, Canada. The program is now active in 14 public and private schools in Hawaii.
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At the end of one of the sessions Justina Acevedo-Cross took her 7-month-old son Feliciano “Felix” around the class to say goodbye.

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Eliane Keli‘ipu­le‘ole fed her 9-month-old son Manaia­kalani green beans on April 30 at Anuenue School.

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The Roots of Empathy program aims to “create a world in which people help more and hurt less.”