Children's Grove is

building positive behavioral 

health through education, the arts, and

visual reminders of the importance of

kindness, respect and inclusivity

throughout our community​

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

Butterfly Bench Dedication

Thank you to all donors to Children's Grove

through the DECEMBER 2016 CoMoGives campaign.

Children's Grove finished 22nd 

among 92 excellent organizations who work

to make Columbia, Missouri an oasis of nurture

for animals and people.

People's Choice 

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.

55th Kindness Tree

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

2016 Art Contest Winner

Judge's Choice

57th Kindness Tree & 4th Butterfly Bench Dedicated at 

Hallsville Primary School

Children's Grove, through visual reminders throughout Boone County, reminds each of us of the importance of kindness, respect and inclusivity. Our goal is to place a Kindness Tree or Butterfly Bench at every public and private school. We encourage sponsorship toward this goal.   

​       Encouraging Kindness Among Children 

This session is designed to reinforce the importance of encouraging social-emotional learning in the classroom and provide the preschool teacher with support materials and strategies to encourage these behaviors.
Audience: Preschool teachers and family child care providers from Boone County
1.5 clock hours available
January 30th from 7-8:30 in the Friends Room of Columbia Public Library
You must pre-register by calling Mary Jo Herde (446-5525) or emailing her at altacker@aol.com
Children's Grove organized this workshop and is providing a free book to each program represented.

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!" 

Preschool Kindness Curriculum

The theme for the 2016 Art Contest was Diversity:

Stand Tall and Proud like a Peacock.

.Kids@Heart Concert - January 21st, 2017

Youth Mental Health First Aid

January 21st, 2017 (NOTE NEW DATE BECAUSE OF ICE PREDICTIONS) at 3 pm at First Baptist Church, Children's Grove and the Odyssey Chamber Music Series will present Kids@Heart - a children's concert about Kindness & Diversity.  Please join us for video, dance, song, poetry, audience participation and the inspiration to ​​pay-it-all forward! T

Children's Grove Photography Contest

​Columbia/Boone County

Children's Grove sponsored a city/county-wide photography contest in September of 2016. The theme was "Different yet all the Same." THANK YOU to all of the entrants!

The results were truly outstanding. The top 40 images, as chosen by a committee of three professional photographers, were on display at Daniel Boone Regional Library from November 13 - December 17, 2016.
Cash prizes were awarded at the reception on November 13th, World Kindness Day, for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in 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. 




Kindness Education

Kindness Collaborations 

Mental Health First Aid 

Mental & Emotional Health



Graphic Design



We Have Strength, Even in Our Weakness

by Vicki Winton

Age 19+ Category

On June 15th, Children's Grove held a dedication ceremony for the 3rd butterfly bench! 

The Butterfly Bench, dedicated by MU Health Care, is located at South Providence Medical Park. The bench is dedicated to all the children who are cared for by all the medical professionals in Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the MU South Providence facility.

Family Fun Fest

May 2016


A Kindness Workshop for Preschool Teachers and Family Childcare Providers

Date of Workshop: January 30, 2017


Photography Contest Winning Photos

​Theme: "Different Yet all the Same" 


All Trees, Each Unique

by Chloe House 

​Age 14-18 Category


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

"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 at the Parks and Recreation Family Fun Fest.

The Kindness Project 


One of the goals of Children’s Grove is to provide artistic opportunities for children and adults to ex- press themselves, believing that the arts provide an avenue for expressing the inexpressible, and by allowing that expression, our mental and emotional well-being and health are enhanced.

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