Students benefit from culture of compassion at Kansas school

04/1/2010 | Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain (Kan.)

Fifth-grade students in general education at a Kansas elementary school are taking the initiative to help students with special needs. Teachers say the students have demonstrated kindness and compassion for their peers -- many of whom have significant disabilities. Students say their efforts to help by assisting with schoolwork and accompanying their friends to class developed naturally. "A lot of times, even adults are afraid, they don't know what to do if a student has special needs. We stand back [thinking] 'What do we do?' These kids don't," one teacher said.

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