To be rich is not what you have in your bank account but what you have in your heart. This thought is beautifully embodied by the Sacks of Hope project initiated by third and fourth grade students of teacher Leon Lewandowski in Room 9 at Franklin Elementary School in Santa Barbara, California. These students, who don't have much themselves, got together to bring hope to homeless people by providing them with basic necessities. When schools start teaching kindness, ripples of positivity follow as evident from the popularity of the Sacks of Hope project which is now being implemented by other teachers at Franklin Elementary as well as teachers in different schools in California. Indeed kindness is contagious. Such small acts, when multiplied, will surely transform our world.


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  • Nancy Di Giorgio

    Thank you so much for this powerful contribution to Hope. Blessings to Team Lewandowski for manifesting their dream. Leon deep gratitude to you for teaching what matters coming from heart Love in action. This is the gift that keeps on giving. Your team will never forget you nor will I.

  • Melissa

    Absolutely Inspiring!!!! Great work

  • Brian

    Thanks Team. What an inspiration. Teaching Children that they have the power to create change through Random Acts of Kindness...What a blessing. Peace on Earth.

  • Catherine

    WOW! WOW! WOW! This is beyond inspiring! Now that is what GREAT teaching is all about... educating children about what truly matters. Teaching about how to make a difference. Teaching about compassion, empathy and kindness. THIS is what those students will remember. Thank you, Mr. Lewandowski, and all these wonderful young boys and girls who are helping to change the world, one sack of hope at a time. You are helping to create a huge ripple effect of kindness. I am going to share this with my 2 young girls, ages 5 and 7 and begin to truly focus on being of service as a family. Bless you all!

  • Patjos

    How cool is this? Awesome guys! Well done Team Lewandowski!!!

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  • Learn more about the Sacks of Hope initiative and the wonderful children behind the noble cause.
  • Homelessness is a growing problem in America. Find out how you can help end homelessness in small ways.
  • Kindness is a gift that everyone can afford to give. Start helping someone close to you and experience the ripples of positivity in your life.

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