Dear Educators: We welcome you to share your students' letters, artwork, and other creative pieces with Bellen! Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail hardcopies to the following:
Bellen's More than Peach Project
PO Box 3182
Leesburg, VA 20177
Interested in a custom-bulk order (including crayon-only bundles) for your school or district? Due to limited quantities, these options are currently offered exclusively to educators and nonprofits working directly with students. If you would like to order or require additional assistance, click here to download a request form or send an email to email@example.com to proceed. School address and school email are required.
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The highly anticipated Educator's Palette, a custom educator's bundle, was created especially for use by educators and nonprofits working directly with students to further the More than Peach messages of empathy, leadership, and creativity. This custom bundle includes Bellen's exclusive Palette Packets, the brand-new & uniquely-tailored More than Peach Educator's Toolkit...and more! Orders for the Educator's Palette can be completed online by visiting the site's store. Click here.
About the Educator's Toolkit:
The Educator's Toolkit is to provide a resource to educators to share with their students the More than Peach™ project and to inspire students to value identities and differences beyond their own; and to grow empathy, leadership and creativity to be leaders of today and tomorrow--similar to what Bellen was able to do with a single idea. While the toolkit is written for educators working with older elementary school students, the activities are malleable for younger and older students by changing the vocabulary and examples chosen to fit your students. We trust the expertise also of front line educators and ask that you extract from this resource its spirit to make lessons your own to best serve all your students.
The Toolkit consists of almost 40 pages of valuable content and activities and is continuously expanded upon. In its current form, this toolkit may be introduced over a quarter and is divided into the following modules: Connect, Lead, & Learn with three lessons per module. Examples of includes lessons are as follows: Bellen's Story, Respecting Differences, & Including Everyone, Equality vs. Fairness & Allies.
The More than Peach Educator's Toolkit works as a supplement to purposeful work to enhance the teach your students. We also welcome any feedback that you might have as you work through these modules with your students so that we can continuously improve this resource for other educators. Our hope is that through this toolkit, your students will not only develop the hard skills of learning about race, culture, and other aspects of their identities, but that they will also grow many of their soft, socio-emotional skills as well. In designing this toolkit, our goals were to make sure that students would also learn life skills, like empathy, perspective-taking, and intellectual curiosity among many other indicators of emotional intelligence. We know that the work of an educator is not easy--and having challenging conversations about diversity and inclusion with adults can be hard for
adults let alone elementary school-aged children, but we applaud you for having the courage and conviction to teach your students about these topics and to strengthen their abilities to live in a more socially just and equitable world.Thank you!
The More than Peach™ Education Team
Patrick Wu, B.A., Career Educator
Dr. Charles Barrett, Ph.D. Career Child Psychologist
Byron Woodard, M.Ed., Career Educator
& Bellen, Founder, Student & the World's 1st Crayon Activist