If you’re a parent, chances are Spiderman, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk are hanging out in your laundry pile right now coated in Kit Kat residue after this weekend's Halloween festivities! I'm willing to bet my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that in addition to the costumes these superheroes are also invading your children's wardrobe (T-shirts, pajamas, underwear, not to mention the Lego Batman you almost tripped over while packing the PB and J inside your child’s Avengers’ lunchbox.)
Being a huge superhero fan myself (I was a Ninja Turtle for Halloween three years ago) I admire the positive message these mythical crime fighters are sending our youth. However, the reality is you don't need to be from Gotham City to qualify as a superhero! The #GPP is introducing a new league of Superheroes and while they may not shoot spider webs from their fingernails or leap tall buildings in a single bound their abilities to overcome adversity and inspire others are just as powerful.
THESE SUPERHEROES ARE... YOUR CHILDREN!
As a broadcast journalist working at news affiliates across the U.S. I have a Santa Claus list of kids' names who are curing diseases with chocolate bars, cutting their hair to fight cancer and creating lunch bags to feed the homeless.
As the proud Auntie Lala of three nephews and one niece who has doubled as a Super Nanny to an alphabet's worth of children; I've witnessed kids' super powers first hand. I'm always blown away with what they'll come up with next, which is reason #349 the GPP School Super Heroes Tour is taking flight!
Reason #459 is that kids growing up in today's world are hungry for positive role models. I'm sure you know what's trending on TV and or social media and I would bet more Reese's Peanut Butter Cups it may not be the first thing you would pick out for your kids to tune into.
THe #GPP School Superheroes Tour
This 'get out of your chair, wave your hands in the air' interactive assembly inspires students of all ages to discover their inner Superhero while exploring how their talents and differences (super powers) can help others! U.S. Women's Hockey Player and Olympic Silver Medalist, Lyndsey Fry is leading the pack of Olympic athletes, Paralympians, professional athletes and other celebrity role models who are part of the program!
GPP's assembly reinforces the importance of education while giving students/teachers the tools they need to start their own ‘Greater Purpose Projects’. GPP’s other goal is to introduce kids to Super Hero Youth. These are kindergarten through college age individuals who are overcoming extreme obstacles (e.g. paralyzed, cognitive impairment, loss of limbs, battling an illness, orphaned, former homeless etc.)
This is only the beginning of our #Superhero series! Do you know someone who should be wearing a cape every day of the week for their #Superhero feats?! We want to hear about them!
Somedays we need more than just a positive quote on a coffee mug to get us through the day... We need connection, conversation, laughter and LOVE. As a journalist I am on a passionate pursuit of sharing the stories that get me out of bed... Stories about real-life superheroes (just like you.) May this blog fuel your super powers, imagination and greater purpose. Tune in for inspirational, uplifting, fist pumping and sometimes LOL content. Please join in the convo!