Madyson Halsey of Shepard Boulevard Elementary was the winner with her picture called "Proud to be Pickle the Peacock."

People's Choice Award is now open to vote for the winner. The voting will remain open from October 19th-26th. 

Butterfly Bench Dedication

Children's Grove, partnering with Compass Health, presents the nationally recognized Youth Mental Health First Aid course four times annually. Anyone working with youth will want to try to attend as well as those who share a passion for the health and well-being of our children.

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55th Kindness Tree

Find out more information about the contest and the other winners here. 

Ronald McDonald House was the 6th location in Columbia, MO to dedicate a KINDNESS TREE. 

​The dedication ceremony was held on April 26, 2015. 

​​​​If your organization is interested in planting a KINDNESS TREE, contact Pete Millier at Millierr@missouri.edu

A 5-step action plan to offer initial help to young people showing signs of a mental illness or in a crisis.

Children's Grove is dedicated to building positive mental and emotional health in children through the power of kindness. We are sponsoring a city/county-wide photography contest. During the entire month of September, anyone who lives in Boone County can submit two photographs for the competition. The theme is "Different yet all the Same." Each entry is to represent an example of the theme. The entries will be judged on three criteria: (a) relevance to the theme, (b) overall impact, and (c) originality and creativity. 

There are cash prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for four age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-18, and 19 and older) as well as a People's Choice Award and Judge's Award. Photographers of Columbia, young and old are asked to rise to the challenge! Help us all understand how we may all be different in so many ways, and yet, in the end, we're all the same.

2016 Art Contest Winner

56th Kindness Tree

All in the boat, together keeping it afloat 

Putting Kids First dedicated the 55th Kindness Tree in Columbia/Boone County on May 18th, 2016! During the Parks and Rec Fun Fest at Cosmos Park, the beautiful Children's Grove signature yellow Butterfly Magnolia was planted by children and adults. The trees are reminders throughout our county that kindness matters and that "a single act of kindness can change a life forever!" 

Family Fun Fest 

The theme for the 2016 Art Contest was Diversity:

Stand Tall and Proud like a Peacock.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Children's Grove Photography Contest

​Columbia/Boone County

Voting Now Open

Birds of DIFFERENT feathers, flock TOGETHER

On June 15th, Children's Grove held a dedication ceremony for the 4th butterfly bench! 

The Butterfly Bench, dedicated by MU Health Care, is located at South Providence Medical Park.

The theme for the 2015 Art Contest was dolphins and the 2015 character word was "understanding."

The Kindness Tree was dedicated on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Beulah Ralph Elementary School. We celebrated the opening of another great Columbia Public Elementary School and its encouraged climate of kindness.

 52nd, 53rd, and 54th Kindness Tree and 3rd Butterfly Bench

Photography Contest Examples

Different Yet the Same 

Upcoming Activities  

Different on the outside, but all the sweeter inside

The cards are now available at Tallulah's, Blue Stem, Bright City Lights and Kent's Floral Gallery.

Columbia Public School students collaborated with Children's Grove to make these greeting cards.

Cards On Sale

Youth Mental Health First Aid Project

Breanna Ivy Owens of Parkade Elementary was the winner for her piece called "Bottlenose Love." 

2015 Art Contest Winner

"Be Kind, Be Healthy"

On Wednesday, May 18th, 2016, Children's Grove provided entertainment for the whole family, including activities, music and hands-on learning. 

Memorial and Heritage Bench Program

Kindness     Tree Program

2016 Photography Contest

It's time to VOTE for People's Choice Award October 19-26!

Plant a butterfly magnolia to spread kindness throughout Columbia

Recent Activities

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