“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”
That sentiment, a quote by Frederick Douglass, is the motivation behind an Act of Kindness Contest for Kids that has kicked off in memory of Charlotte Bacon, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
Charlotte's mother, JoAnn, is a native of Orono and graduate of Orono High School.
Newtown, Conn., resident Jodie Adolfson contacted Lake Minnetonka Patch over the weekend to encourage residents to participate in the contest. Adolfson reached out on behalf of Aaron and Christi Carlson, Newtown, Conn., residents who are running the contest with the Bacon family.
“The contest is simple – all children write, draw or tell their story in any way about their own act of kindness,” Adolfson explained. Anyone under the age of 18 can participate.
Entries will be accepted through Feb. 21. The winner will be announced on Charlotte’s birthday – Feb. 22.
According to the contest website, the goal is “to encourage acts of kindness in our children, while supporting the victim’s families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy."