First copies of book available at Book Signing at Ferguson Farmer's Market Feb 21

Stop by Ferguson Farmer's Market to get the first copies of Painting for Peace in Ferguson. Paperback editions will be for sale that day. Meet the author, get your book signed and explore the Ferguson Farmer's Market. The winter market is held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church at Darst and Clay.If you pre-ordered your book in advance, pre-orders will be shipped directly to you as soon as we are able. Click here for details & to RSVP! #booksigning

Thank you open house to be held for volunteers, artists & business owners

A special thank-you reception will be held for artists, volunteers and business owners who took part in the painting for peace efforts. If you volunteered, painted or were an affected business owner, we invite you to join us February 21, at the Sky Room at Ferguson Brewing Company. The family-friendly open house will have an art project area for children and a video booth where people may come and contribute their stories about the amazing painting for peace effort that you took part in! We'd love to hear about your experience! Truly a community book, the final design includes more than 140 pieces of art and photos submitted by the public, this children's book tells the story of a group of p

Looking to help? Give your treasure

By: Kurt Greenbaum Perhaps it’s not time you have, but you can donate money or participate in a fundraiser. Here’s a few ideas for how to get involved with your wallet. Visit Ferguson and Spend Money Residents and business owners want the wider community to know Ferguson is open for business. Consider making the effort to visit the city and spend shopping dollars there. Have lunch or dinner at a Ferguson restaurant. Consider more than just lunch … there are optical shops, tire and auto repair shops, pharmacies, frame shops, etc. Businesses will know you support them because they’ll see you there, patronizing their shops, stores, boutiques and restaurants. Find opportunities to shop in Fergus

Looking to help? Give your time & talent

By: Kurt Greenbaum Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity? A way to use your skills to support your community? If volunteer work is something your children seek, the best place to start is by setting a good example for your children. PBS Parents suggests that being a volunteering role model is where to begin. Create an Opportunity Students at a St. Louis-area girls’ high school invited a Ferguson restaurant to provide their lunch one school day. The restaurant sustained damage during the unrest. The restaurant owners provided four menu items to the students, delivered the food, and students raised more than $3,000 to help the business by buying lunches from the restaurant that day. Cons

How to talk to your kids about tolerance

By: Kurt Greenbaum The National Association of School Psychologists has an online resource guide with ideas about how to address issues of tolerance and social justice with children. A few of their tips (with the full menu available online here) include: Remind children not to characterize an entire group or class of people by how a few of them behave. Note that one of America’s core strengths is its diversity. Reinforce this core principle: Treat people with fairness, respect and dignity. The NASP counsels parents to “model tolerance and compassion. Children take their emotional cues from the significant adults in their lives. Avoid making negative statements about any racial, ethnic, or re

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