“Do the Best You Can until You Know Better”

In the beginning… His name was Brandon. It was 1989 and I was a first-year teacher in an Early Childhood Special Education class. He had been removed from multiple preschools because his behavior was difficult to manage. He had beautiful, beseeching brown eyes with impossibly long lashes. I could not manage his behavior, either. He…

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Look for the Helpers

Mr. Rogers’ Mom Was on to Something Fred Rogers’ mother comforted him when he was a child by challenging him to “Look for the helpers”, during a crisis. Mr. Rogers was a young boy in the 1930’s , when unemployment was high, the Dustbowl was driving farmers out of Oklahoma, and the news from Europe…

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Physics or Math?

Greetings, Gesturers! Is this physics or simple math? I’ve been thinking a lot about how a part fits with a whole lately. Not as in ratio, but the Aristotelian thought that a whole is often greater a sum of its parts. Human beings are a great example: we’re made up of a collection of cells…

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We’ve partnered with Target Circle

A Simple Gesture is participating in the Target Circle program! You can vote for us and direct Target’s giving to benefit our work. For full program details and restrictions visit Target Circle.  

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Corporate Kindness Program

Check Out Where Your Food Donation Goes!

Do you ever wonder what happens to the food you donate? If you donate on odd months (January, March, May, etc.) your food donation goes to Backpack Beginnings. If you haven’t been there, read on. “Backpack” doesn’t really tell the whole story First of all, did you know they don’t use backpacks to deliver the…

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New Eyes Watch Greensboro Show Up

I am Julia Osborne and I recently joined Leslie at A Simple Gesture. I am new to Greensboro. My husband and I moved from Georgia, where not only have I lived my entire life, but generations of my ancestors on both sides lived their entire lives. I never thought I’d leave. Life happens, though, and…

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