A compelling story from Vangie Lampee, Quentin Elementary School Counselor
“For those of you, still skeptical of The Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® I wanted to share with you a story. This morning I spent 2 hours with a 4th-grade boy who witnessed his mother being beaten by her boyfriend this morning. He was also hurt in the violent act as well. This has been his life for the past year. When the cops came he was taking care of his 6-month-old baby brother because it’s “his responsibility” when his mom is getting hurt.
After listening to him for one hour he states, “ Quentin is the best and safest place to be because we know that our hands and words aren’t for hurting here. I wish we could have this everywhere, then people would know that!” This is a very very powerful statement! Not only is he saying that he feels safe here at school, but he is saying that because we are all on the same page, he feels like his household should be too.
When something powerful like the Hands Project is embraced and taken seriously, other people look at it with the same view. We must all be on the same page and teach lessons with the project in order to educate.” – Vangie Lampee