A 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATION ENCOURAGING A CULTURE OF KINDNESS AS WE WORK TOGETHER TO FOSTER POSITIVE MENTAL HEALTH IN OUR YOUTH.
Madyson Halsey of Shepard Boulevard Elementary was the winner with her picture called "Proud to be Pickle the Peacock."
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. 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
Read more about Jon Luvelli, a Street Photographer, or the photo contest here.
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
September 1-30, 2016
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 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
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
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.
From September 1st - 30th, 2016, share your best original work illustrating the theme "Different Yet all the Same"
Plant a butterfly magnolia to spread kindness throughout Columbia
is more important
than OUR CHILDREN