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The Osoyoos Times visits a Grade 2 class at Osoyoos Elementary School to learn about Roots of Empathy:

Teaching this class of the Roots of Empathy program is Marieze Tarr, a volunteer who is convinced this program builds emotional literacy in children.

“It lays the foundation of safe and caring classrooms where students understand their own feelings as well as the feelings of others,” Tarr, a Rotarian, told other members of the Rotary Club of Osoyoos in a presentation late last year.

“As children learn to identify the feelings in others by watching the baby and the baby’s body language, when they understand the feelings of others and their own feelings, they are less likely to physically, emotionally and psychologically hurt other children through bullying,” Tarr said.

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