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Oct 03
Babies sought for Surrey Schools' Roots of Empathy program

Baby Teacher Surrey.jpgDo you have a baby who will be two to four months of age in October? We are looking for volunteers to participate in Roots of Empathy (ROE) in Surrey Schools!

Roots of Empathy is a program for elementary school children that aims to increase empathy – the ability to understand how another person feels.

This is a social emotional learning program supported by nearly every school district in B.C. This is the 14th year ROE has been in Surrey Schools. Last year, babies were brought to 24 classrooms and our instructors worked with more than 540 students throughout the district.

Through perspective taking opportunities with a community baby and their care giver, children learn to care for and respect each other. Research shows involvement in ROE decreases bullying and aggression while encouraging more positive and prosocial behaviour in the students involved.

This year, we need babies for programs at the following elementary schools:

• Green Timbers

• Rosemary Heights

• Hjorth

• M.J. Shannon

• Port Kells

• East Kensington

Babies must be between two and four months of age by mid-October to qualify.

What you would need to do as a Roots of Empathy family:

mom and baby Surrey.jpg• Meet with the Root of Empathy facilitator to establish a schedule for the coming year (baby visits are approximately once every three weeks);

• Attend nine classroom visits lasting approximately 30-40 minutes;

• Be comfortable speaking to children about your individual experience with your baby (this is how we learn so much!);

• Fill out an online feedback form at the end of the year for program integrity.

If you think this is something you'd be interested in, contact Koryna Kirkpatrick, ROE coordinator and instructor, at 778-772-0673 or email


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