After my much needed bit of hibernation, drowned in thank you notes and sponsor recognition, attempting to sift through emails (although I know I haven't made it through them all), I am back at it, full-throttle. After the Block Institute's Brightest Star kicked off my appearances, I had a great week that included visiting PS 41 in Staten Island and taking a little tour with Linda Carbo, checking out some of the new host restaurants and hotels for the 2011 Miss NY Week. At the school I hung out with a 1st grade class and then headed into the auditorium for an assembly of all 4th and 5th graders. Once again, they took the responsibility to end bullying on themselves - accepting their duties as bystanders to become "upstanders."
|Miss Salice's 1st graders at PS 41|
|with the Principal, Vice Principal and Miss Salice of PS 41|
|Randy Jones, from the Village People, at Ronnie Kroell's Fundraiser|
|Ronnie Kroell, me, Jackie Holmes Miss Manhattan, at David Yurman / Jeffrey Cares pre-launch|
|Rohan Murphy - Tolerance & Spirit week at Plainview Old Bethpage MS|
When signing autographs for the kids, I had one special girl, Maddie, come up to me. In my presentation I had shared my favorite quote:
Look out for your thoughts; they'll soon become your words.
Look out for your words; they'll soon become your actions.
Look out for your actions; they'll soon become your habits.
Look out for your habits; they'll soon become your character.
Look out for your character; it will soon become your destiny.
She was very inspired by the quote and in turn wanted to share her favorite with me...that she wrote:
If the whole world was blind,
we could not have discrimination differences,
but since we are blessed to see,
we should focus on seeing the goodness in people.
It's moments like this that make me remember that I have the best job in the world!