Encouragement is Key

To the outsider looking in it might seem like we do a lot of unrelated things.

One day our team is developing curriculum that helps middle schoolers discover their shine and the next day we are on our blog showing pictures of recent Shineworks projects.

Actually, though, the programs are connected by their mutual focus on encouragement.

Our middle school curriculum uses experiential activities to unearth students' Shine and then (this is the important part) to spread shine by encouraging the talents and strengths of another person.

Shineworks does something similar. This monthly program is open to any House of Shine reader and challenges participants to repurpose an everyday household item. Once done, the idea is to give it to another person as a way of encouraging them for a job well done or for sharing their talents and gifts with others.

The banner shown in the top photograph was made from old yogurt lids and was used to encourage a deserving student.

The Shine placard shown immediately below it employed tin foil and was later presented to a volunteer who continues going above and beyond.

The glass jars pictured at the bottom of today's post were used in a couple of ways. First was a Thanksgiving treat to tell a friend revealing all the reasons I am thankful for her. The second use was to house our DO52 sticks.

But, that brings us to yet another House of Shine “thing” so we'll wait to explain that on another day.

Claudia Beeny

Founder and Executive Director

Posted on 12/11/14 10:00 am by Claudia Beeny in: Shineworks

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