Dr. Barry says “Here you see me with Leo the Kindhearted Lion, the mascot of the Campaign. I, with Leo strapped in the passenger seat beside me, gathered many smiles and surprised looks from other drivers and we drove around Colorado Springs and along the Front Range of Colorado. We two Kindness Buddies participated in many school assemblies, met with teachers and administrators and visited with many children in schools that adopted the Campaign.
My friends kidded me about my unusual friendship with Leo, and called Leo my “alter ego.” I always grinned and joyfully admitted it when they teased me.
Leo is a motorized robot who rides a small remote-controlled tricycle. He has a built-in microphone so that I can speak through Leo to the children from the back of the room. A built-in tape recorder allows him to sing pre-recorded Kindness songs to the children. Children loved on Leo so much that they hugged him so much that all of his whiskers disappeared!
As part of his community service work at the University, I began by creating program curriculum materials for preschool, elementary and middle schools and then, with the help local CBS television affiliate, expanded it into churches, businesses and governmental agencies and the larger community.”
Creating A Community of Kindness: A Community Organizer’s Guide
Bullying & School Violence: The Tip of the Iceberg
Kind Beginnings: An Activity Guide for Fostering Kindness in Pre-schools
Raising Kind Kids: An Activity Guide for Fostering Kindness in Families
Rush to Judgment: The Trial of Eric Harris & Dylan Klebold, a screenplay
This downloadable E-book is for community organizers who are interested in setting up a community-based violence prevention program. It is a step-by-step description of how a community-based Kindness Campaign was organized in Colorado Springs as a model for other cities. If you would like to purchase this book, please contact Barry directly.