Books your students need to read that discuss social themes

Welcome to the Kindness Clubhouse from Project Stella Resources! Oftentimes, when a student in struggling with an issue, reading about it is more helpful than just talking about because it provides the child a safe space to process what is going on. In this post I provide you with book recommendations that you can use … Continue reading Books your students need to read that discuss social themes

Summer Reading Book Recommendations you should read

Facebook has become the new Google - especially when it comes to asking for opinions and recommendations. Over the past several days I've had friends online ask for some book recommendations. Here is a compilation of some of the comments they received.  Please note - I have not personally read all of these yet BUT … Continue reading Summer Reading Book Recommendations you should read

Ideas for July 4th Activities for Kids that don’t like Fireworks

Stella is not a huge fan of fireworks. The loud, sudden noises overwhelm her.  And while we have come up with ways that she can see fireworks without the noise (watch from the car with music on or wear headphones) - I wanted to find a couple of activities to make the day special without … Continue reading Ideas for July 4th Activities for Kids that don’t like Fireworks

What every student needs to know to plan impactful service projects

Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog! Part of the Schools that Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness (Schools that R.O.C.K.) program is a course for students (high school & college) to know the basics of planning a service project, event, or program. You may have a student that says, "I want to make a difference" … Continue reading What every student needs to know to plan impactful service projects

10 Ways to Get Youth Involved in your Service Projects

Hello! Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog. This post comes from a webinar (watch here on YouTube) I did for community partners who want to get youth involved in their service projects for Make a Difference Day. But I found these tips are very useful for our Schools that Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness … Continue reading 10 Ways to Get Youth Involved in your Service Projects

Creating Valuable Service Learning Experiences for your Students that lead to Big Impact

Welcome to Project Stella Resources! We provide you with tips and curriculum that you can use in the classroom and when working with youth so you are confident that you are making a difference in the lives of your students. Part of the Schools that Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness (Schools that R.O.C.K.) program is … Continue reading Creating Valuable Service Learning Experiences for your Students that lead to Big Impact

Top Finalists want to inspire other kids to Radiate Outrageous Compassion and Kindness

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! I had an amazing opportunity this year of going through nominations and working with a selection committee to spotlight young people who share their inspiring stories in the book, 52 Kids who R.O.C.K. Every Day: Inspiring stories of young people who Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness. We asked … Continue reading Top Finalists want to inspire other kids to Radiate Outrageous Compassion and Kindness

21 Self-care Tips for Teachers to help you be more positive each day

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! Teachers, listen. Hear me out.   I know you and I know how much time and energy you put towards taking care of your classroom and offering the best to your students.   You worry about seating arrangements. You make sure no one goes hungry. You take care … Continue reading 21 Self-care Tips for Teachers to help you be more positive each day

5 Ways to show Appreciation to your Teaching Staff

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! There are SO many benefits to making recognition and appreciation a priority at home, at work, in the classroom, and at your school. Showing appreciation creates a more positive environment, keeps people coming back, and serves as an amazing recruitment and publicity tool.  It is one of my … Continue reading 5 Ways to show Appreciation to your Teaching Staff

7 Classroom Management Tips to Help your Thrive not just Survive the end of the year

Hello! Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog! We are in the last month of school!  Watch this video and then check out our 7 Classroom Management Tips to help your THRIVE, not just SURVIVE, the end of the school year. This is video from a Facebook LIVE I did in my group, "Raising Kids … Continue reading 7 Classroom Management Tips to Help your Thrive not just Survive the end of the year

Planning a Global Youth Service Day Project: Steps to doing a Coat & Scarf Drive

Hello! Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog! Global Youth Service Day is coming up. We celebrate it every April and it kicks off an important initiative to empower youth to serve and make a different in their community. In this series on Project Stella Resources, I will provide example of projects that kids can … Continue reading Planning a Global Youth Service Day Project: Steps to doing a Coat & Scarf Drive

Planning a Global Youth Service Day project: Steps for youth doing Project Comfort Kits

Hello! Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog! Global Youth Service Day is coming up. We celebrate it every April and it kicks off an important initiative to empower youth to serve and make a different in their community. In this series on Project Stella Resources, I will provide example of projects that kids can … Continue reading Planning a Global Youth Service Day project: Steps for youth doing Project Comfort Kits

Top 12 Books Recommendations from Moms who R.O.C.K.

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog! We recently finished up our Moms who R.O.C.K. (Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness) Conference.  At the end of the conference, during our LIVE Q&A sessions, I asked our presenters for book recommendations they have for personal development and parenting. New here? I have these blog posts to help … Continue reading Top 12 Books Recommendations from Moms who R.O.C.K.

5 things you can do today to stop bullying in your classroom

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog! One day my daughter jumped in the car after school and the first words out of her mouth were, "mom, I don't feel safe at school anymore. It should be a place where I feel safe!" Immediately, I felt concern and had to hear the whole story. … Continue reading 5 things you can do today to stop bullying in your classroom

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part 6 – Exploration & Discovery

This is Part Three of a Six-Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Part One: ResponsibilityPart Two: PerseverancePart Three: KindnessPart Four: Family & FriendsPart Five: CouragePart Six: Exploration & Discovery *You can click on the book titles below to go … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part 6 – Exploration & Discovery

5 Awesome Ways your school can R.O.C.K. with students who Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness

Hello! Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog! When I decided to create the Schools that R.O.C.K. program I had one mission in mind. That through the program we could transform classrooms, schools, and the community with students who Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness. This means that students would have no tolerance for bullying. Students would be able … Continue reading 5 Awesome Ways your school can R.O.C.K. with students who Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness

5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Kids for being Kind and Compassionate to others

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! There are SO many benefits to making recognition and appreciation a priority at home, at work, and in the classroom. It creates a more positive environment, keeps people coming back, and serves as an amazing recruitment and publicity tool.  It is one of my quick tips for Service … Continue reading 5 Awesome Ways to Appreciate Kids for being Kind and Compassionate to others

Teachers Who R.O.C.K.: 10 Curriculum creators that encourage kids to Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness

Each week Project Stella Resources wants to feature Teachers who R.O.C.K. These teachers have practices in place in their classroom that encourage students to Radiate Outrageous Compassion and Kindness. In this post I am providing a list of 10 teachers who have created curriculum and resources, all available on Teachers Pay Teachers, that teach children … Continue reading Teachers Who R.O.C.K.: 10 Curriculum creators that encourage kids to Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness

5 Reasons you need to start a Kindness Club at your school or in your community today

Hello! Welcome to the Project Stella Resources Blog! A Kindness Club can transform your school.  It encourages and inspires students to think beyond themselves and seek out opportunities to show compassion and kindness. In this Blog post, I share five reasons that starting a Kindness Club will transform your classroom, school, and community with students … Continue reading 5 Reasons you need to start a Kindness Club at your school or in your community today

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part 5 – Courage

This is Part Three of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Part One: Responsibility Part Two: Perseverance Part Three: Kindness Part Four: Family & Friends Part Five: Courage Part Six: Exploration & Discovery *You can click on … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part 5 – Courage

5 Ways Volunteering helps Reduce a Teen’s Anxiety

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!   I remember having my first "bad" thoughts when I was ten years old. Thoughts of worthlessness, crazy sadness, and that things would just be better if I wasn't around. I remember sitting in my bedroom with my door closed and wondering how I got to where I … Continue reading 5 Ways Volunteering helps Reduce a Teen’s Anxiety

7 Ways to fit Service in your Family’s Busy Schedule

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day when she said, "you should teach families with busy schedules how to do service without it creating more to do." My mom has a really good point (she usually does). I remember growing up with three … Continue reading 7 Ways to fit Service in your Family’s Busy Schedule

12 Inspiring Movies for your child to watch on break

The following is a list of 12 movies and documentaries that are recommended to inspire children and teens.  Some inspire acts of kindness while others inspire you to be yourself - even when faced with challenges and adversity. As with any of my recommendations, I strongly encourage parents to view the films for themselves first. … Continue reading 12 Inspiring Movies for your child to watch on break

50 Books your Child should read before turning 8, part 4 – Friendship & Family

This is Part Four of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Responsibility Perseverance Family & Friends Courage Exploration & Discovery Kindness And, as a gift to you, I have a Self-Care for Teachers Journal that you can … Continue reading 50 Books your Child should read before turning 8, part 4 – Friendship & Family

25 items to have in your home or classroom to inspire kids to Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!  Encouraging kids to be kind to one another takes some thought. You can only repeat "be nice" a couple of times before kids tune it out.  But, you can have reminders present in other ways that keep the message in front of them. In this post, I … Continue reading 25 items to have in your home or classroom to inspire kids to Radiate Outrageous Compassion & Kindness

3 Classroom Management tips that encourage students to be kind

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! In high school I decided that I wanted to become a teacher.  And after college, I was able to teach my favorite grade - 5th grade!  I loved those years and enjoyed coming in to see the students each day. But with any of the middle grades, there … Continue reading 3 Classroom Management tips that encourage students to be kind

5 Activities to do during Winter Break that encourages kids to do acts of kindness

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.11.1" custom_padding="24.3281px|0px|2px|0px|false|false"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.11.1"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.11.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.11.1"]Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! Winter Break is Coming!  And with it comes the threat of the two scariest words to come out of my child's mouth - "I'm BORED!" And it doesn't take long - last year, I heard those words spoken within … Continue reading 5 Activities to do during Winter Break that encourages kids to do acts of kindness

5 Ideas for Acts of Kindness you Need to do while Traveling for the Holiday Season

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.11.1" custom_padding="24.3281px|0px|2px|0px|false|false"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.11.1"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.11.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.11.1"]Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! It is the Holiday season and many families are preparing to travel. While traveling can be fun and exciting, it can also be pretty tense. It is amazing to see how Acts of Kindness can make a positive difference during … Continue reading 5 Ideas for Acts of Kindness you Need to do while Traveling for the Holiday Season

7 skills to list on your resume and how you can demonstrate them through your Volunteer Work

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! There is a common problem that I am asked by high school students and college students to help with. They feel stuck and at a disadvantage when it comes to applying for jobs - either while they are in school or after graduation.  Employers want to hire people with … Continue reading 7 skills to list on your resume and how you can demonstrate them through your Volunteer Work

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Three – Kindness

This is Part Three of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Part One: Responsibility Part Two: Perseverance Part Three: Kindness Part Four: Family & Friends Part Five: Courage Part Six: Exploration & Discovery *You can click on … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Three – Kindness

7 Secrets to Making your Volunteer Work stand out on a College Scholarship Application

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! Today, I want to help you help your student stand out on their applications  and in their interviews for college and scholarships. 10 years ago it was easy for a student to get a scholarship or accepted to their top college choice by just mentioning that they did "x" number … Continue reading 7 Secrets to Making your Volunteer Work stand out on a College Scholarship Application

How to Start your own Legacy Project this year

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! On December 24, 2003, I was guilty of being a last minute Christmas shopper. I was in college, on a very strict budget, and could not think of anything to give my two grandmothers that I would be seeing for the holidays. I had to get creative and … Continue reading How to Start your own Legacy Project this year

3 Ways to Increase Participation in your Canned Food Drives

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! One very popular, and much needed, service project that schools and organizations have during the Holidays in a Canned Food Drive.  Anywhere you go you see bins collecting nonperishable items.  Because they are so popular for groups to do, they are often overlooked. In this post, I will … Continue reading 3 Ways to Increase Participation in your Canned Food Drives

10 Gifts for the Kid that Wants to Change the World

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!  Growing up I always hated the question, "what do you want for Christmas?" or "what are you asking for your birthday?". I felt there was an expectation that I provide some list of items that seemed like "acceptable" gifts. Really, what I wanted was the opportunity to … Continue reading 10 Gifts for the Kid that Wants to Change the World

Easy Holiday Service Projects for Families

Start a new tradition with your family this year! In this new Ebook from Project Stella Resources we share some Easy Holiday Service Projects for Families that you can plan no matter what ages your children are.  Some just take a few moments while others are a little more involved. Pick the project that works … Continue reading Easy Holiday Service Projects for Families

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Two – Responsibility

This is Part Two of a Six Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Responsibility Perseverance Family & Friends Courage Kindness Exploration & Discovery *You can click on the book titles below to go to Amazon to purchase the … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part Two – Responsibility

50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part One – Perseverance

This is Part One of a Six-Part Series on the 50 Books Every Child Should Read Before they Turn 8. All of these books teach valuable life lessons on: Perseverance Family & Friends Courage Kindness Exploration & Discovery Responsibility *You can click on the links below to go to Amazon to purchase the book. Please … Continue reading 50 Books Your Child Should Read before Turning 8, Part One – Perseverance

Inspiring quotes to encourage volunteers to serve

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!  We all need a little inspiration. Planning meaningful service projects is tough!  You put so much time and energy to making everything "just right" and there is stress and frustration that comes with it. I know how it is! We need those words of encouragement to keep … Continue reading Inspiring quotes to encourage volunteers to serve

Ways to help your child enjoy Giving this Holiday Season

[et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section bb_built="1" _builder_version="3.11.1" custom_padding="24.3281px|0px|2px|0px|false|false" prev_background_color="#000000" next_background_color="#000000"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.13"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.11.1"] Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!  The Holiday Season is HERE! Grandparents have started asking for Christmas lists. The stores have Christmas decorations displayed and ready to buy. The toy aisles are filled with the season's hottest … Continue reading Ways to help your child enjoy Giving this Holiday Season

Tips to Help Youth lead Volunteer Projects

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!  My daughter is a Junior Independent Girl Scout Member currently working on her Bronze Award. For the first time, this project NEEDs to be student-led.  Previously, projects were organized by the parents with some input from the members but in reality the Scouts followed directions on what … Continue reading Tips to Help Youth lead Volunteer Projects

Benefits of Volunteer Experience: An Interview with Mike Murphy

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog! I've spent many years working with community members, parents, and volunteer managers that want to plan meaningful service opportunities for young volunteers. The benefits of volunteer experience and having these projects available for youth is vast. One huge benefit from volunteering is that youth learn important lessons … Continue reading Benefits of Volunteer Experience: An Interview with Mike Murphy

Recommended Reading List for Engaging Youth Volunteers

[et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.0.47"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.0.48" background_size="initial" background_position="top_left" background_repeat="repeat"][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section][et_pb_section fb_built="1" _builder_version="3.11.1" custom_padding="24.3281px|0px|2px|0px|false|false"][et_pb_row _builder_version="3.11.1"][et_pb_column type="4_4" _builder_version="3.11.1" parallax="off" parallax_method="on"][et_pb_text _builder_version="3.11.1"] Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog! I've spent many years working with community members, parents, and volunteer managers that want to plan meaningful service opportunities that engage youth volunteers. The benefits of having these projects available for … Continue reading Recommended Reading List for Engaging Youth Volunteers

4 Ways to Fund Your Service Project for Youth Volunteers

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Resources Blog!  I've spent many years working with community members, parents, and volunteer managers that want to plan meaningful service projects for youth volunteers. The benefits of having these projects available for youth is vast. But, most service projects for youth volunteers require something. Supplies, food, water, gas money, … Continue reading 4 Ways to Fund Your Service Project for Youth Volunteers

3 Tips to get High School Students to attend your events

Hello! Welcome to our Project Stella Blog! I often get asked about how I publicize the events and programs I plan to engage youth. While there are several strategies involved, the #1 thing I try to do is "Sell the Experience." It took me a lot of trial and error to figure out how to … Continue reading 3 Tips to get High School Students to attend your events

10 Service Projects for Kids for 9/11 National Day of Service

9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance is an opportunity for youth to get involved in meaningful service opportunities. Schools, churches, and community organizations work to plan events as a way to create awareness about the history of what our country went through on September 11, 2001. Planning a service project that is engaging and … Continue reading 10 Service Projects for Kids for 9/11 National Day of Service

10 Ways to Get Involved with your School’s Parent Organization

School is starting!  There is a lot to do at the beginning of the school year and every school needs their parents' support and involvement.  But many parents are not sure what exactly they can do to help - especially if they work full-time and don't have a lot of extra time to give. With … Continue reading 10 Ways to Get Involved with your School’s Parent Organization

5 things you can do today to help siblings show kindness to each other

For this post I went to my Facebook community and asked them what they most wanted to talk about. The topic that came up the most? Siblings & Kindness. Several situations presented - young siblings who need to show more empathy to each other, sisters who show kindness and compassion to everyone else but once … Continue reading 5 things you can do today to help siblings show kindness to each other

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5 Tips to change how you talk to yourself so you are More Positive every day

Welcome to the Kindness Clubhouse! I am excited to have you here to get tips and resources to help you show more kindness.  In this post I focus on ways that you can show kindness to yourself. For me, this is the toughest part to learn because I grew up being taught that the focus … Continue reading 5 Tips to change how you talk to yourself so you are More Positive every day

Three ways to support your child and your child’s school through Scholastic

Yes, that is right. I have been called a Scholastic-aholic several times throughout my life. In grade school, the highlight of my month was bringing home the Reading Club Flier and seeing what new books were now available.  As a teacher, Scholastic provided me with a means to build my classroom library and offer additional resources to my students.  Then, working with community agencies, Scholastic provided a ways to help other nonprofits and afterschool programs.

I am a huge supported and want to highlight three ways parents can support their child and their child's school through Scholastic.