• Chicken Soup for the Soul Launches Anti-Bullying Program in Schools Nationwide

    Literacy-Based Program Brings the Power of Storytelling to the Fight Against Bullying in Partnership with The Boniuk Foundation

    COS COB, Conn. – For more than 20 years, educators have used Chicken Soup for the Soul books in classrooms to encourage reading and to provide advice and support for students of all ages. Now Chicken Soup for the Soul has teamed up with education experts, anti-bullying experts, and the nonprofit Boniuk Foundation to bring Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes, a literacy-based anti-bullying program, to schools nationwide.

    Where other programs react to bullying situations that have already occurred, Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes is a proactive anti-bullying program—aiming to promote respect and compassion and to stop bullying behaviors before they even start. Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes teaches important social and emotional learning skills to students through literacy-based lesson plans, making it easy to integrate the program into an already busy school day.

    This character building turnkey program uses the power of storytelling to promote literacy at the same time that it fights bullying behavior. There are 12 lesson plans per grade (initially available for grades 1-6), aligned both nationally and to all 50 states’ specific literacy and social emotional standards. Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes was developed with Resources for Learning, a leading education consulting firm with more than 25 years experience, and has a teacher training program presented by Alex Kajitani, a California Teacher of the Year who was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year and is best known as “the rappin’ mathematician.”

    Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes is on sale now nationwide for first through sixth grades. The curriculum will be expanded to seventh through twelfth grades during the next two academic years. For more information or to contact a Chicken Soup for the Soul sales representative, visit www.chickensoup.com/hallwayheroes.

    “Teachers have been using Chicken Soup for the Soul in the classroom for 20 years, but this is the first time that we have created a comprehensive curriculum using our stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul Hallway Heroes is one of the most important projects we have ever undertaken and we are excited and proud to be part of the solution to the bullying behaviors that plague our schools today. We look forward to helping create heroes not only in our school hallways, but also in classrooms, on playgrounds, in homes, online, and in our communities,” said William J. Rouhana, Jr., CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

    “I have been reading Chicken Soup for the Soul books for years and I am excited about the impact these stories can have on our schools. Our new anti-bullying program, built around these real-life stories about young people, will help promote the good values in students that will crowd out the behaviors that lead to bullying. This is part of our foundation’s larger mission to create more tolerance, respect, compassion, and kindness in all segments of society,” said Dr. Milton Boniuk, founder of The Boniuk Foundation.

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    please contact Jo-Ann Geffen at (818) 905-5511 or jgeffen@jagpr.com

  • Hidden Heroes: Foundation Sponsors New Series on CBS

    Premiering October 3rd, a new series Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes will join the Saturday morning CBS DREAM TEAM, IT’S EPIC! lineup. The weekly half-hour series, which will air on the CBS Network over a 52 week broadcast schedule, is hosted by actress Brooke Burke-Charvet, one of Forbes’ Magazine’s Top 25 Working Mom’s to Follow, who guides the viewer as the show reveals the untapped reservoir of good, kindness and compassion hidden throughout our world.

    The show, which includes user-generated content, is based in part on three Chicken Soup for the Soul books created with The Boniuk Foundation: Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be; Chicken Soup for the Soul: Create Your Best Future; and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Great Kids. These books were made, with the support of The Boniuk Foundation, from thousands of stories specifically selected to build character, promote kindness, and encourage compassion, especially as a tool against bullying. Each episode of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes features three hidden camera scenarios that capture everyday heroes in action in a highly entertaining and interactive format.

    Steve Ronson, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, said, “Chicken Soup for the Soul is a well-known brand that is recognized by almost 90% of the United States population and translates into highly entertaining, inspirational television for a broad audience. It is a unique brand that is beloved worldwide, and delivers the important, uplifting and inspiring messages of our time. Our brand appeals to all demos, has sold in excess of 500 million books, has a network of independent blogs reaching 40 million unique visitors a month, and an international presence in over 100 countries. Our production slate, as illustrated by this first show, promises to be an oasis of family friendly programing. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes is an ideal fit for the audience that Chicken Soup for the Soul books have attracted over the last twenty-two years.”

    Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Hidden Heroes is a co-production between Chicken Soup for the Soul Productions, LLC, and Litton Entertainment, the Emmy award-winning creators of Educational and Informational Television. Contributing, as segment producers, are Ricky Paull Goldin and Derek Britt of DB Goldline Entertainment. The series has also partnered with Dr. Milton and Laurie Boniuk through The Boniuk Foundation, a Houston-based non-profit organization.

  • The Boniuk Foundation & Chicken Soup for the Soul Launch New Initiative to Promote Tolerance, Compassion and Respect

    Through a joint initiative with Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Boniuk Foundation has published a series of books for children, teens, and adults. Using these books, we have developed a multifaceted program to promote tolerance, respect and compassion as an antidote to bullying and to create more socially aware and empathetic communities. We have created anti-bullying lesson plans and materials for use in the classroom; we have developed television programming focused on using storytelling to promote our mission; we are also creating social media outlets that disseminate pro-tolerance content on a daily basis. All this is being done with the goal to create a robust program for children, their parents, and their teachers—a program where these issues not only are spoken about in school, but also are seen when turning on the television, phone or computer.

     

    For more information about The Boniuk Foundation’s programs with Chicken Soup for the Soul, visit www.chickensoup.com. Click here to view the complete list of books.

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  • ‘Chicken Soup’ books to feed students’ reading appetite

    Original Story: http://blogs.houstonisd.org/news/2015/06/02/chicken-soup-books-to-feed-students-summer-reading-appetite/

    A new partnership between the Boniuk Foundation and Chicken Soup for the Soul is helping students in HISD and across Harris County to develop more cultural awareness while simultaneously building their literacy skills.

    The partnership kicked off on May 14 at Poe Elementary School, where a group of students gathered to open boxes of books that were being delivered to the libraries of every school in Harris County.

    “At a time when bullying, school violence, and other similar challenges are pressing issues, this initiative provides vital literacy resources to inspire both young people and adults to embrace diversity, reject stereotypes, make good choices, and build more inclusive communities,” said Liz Philippi, manager of HISD Library Services.

    As part of the new initiative, the Boniuk Foundation is donating Chicken Soup for the Soul books to all primary, middle, and high schools in Harris County, and has also covered half of the cost for Harris County families to subscribe to Chicken Soup for the Soul’s online library, which contains thousands of stories from the bestselling books published over the past 20-plus years by Chicken Soup for the Soul.

    “We are excited to partner with Houston ISD and Chicken Soup for the Soul to ensure all students have access to information that covers important issues for our youth today, including tolerance, compassion, and making good choices,” said Dr. Milton Boniuk. “Our mission at the Boniuk Foundation is to promote tolerance, respect, and compassion throughout society. We believe the focus on these principles will help support anti-bullying programs in schools.”

    An additional component to the initiative is a CBS Saturday morning family TV show that will air nationwide starting Oct. 3, 2015, and run for 52 weeks on CBS.

    “We have always recognized the value of storytelling to impart good values and open readers’ minds to new ideas, “said Bill Rouhana, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul. “The Boniuk Foundation’s donation of Chicken Soup for the Soul books to HISD and other Harris County students, parents, and teachers provides an important tool to promote tolerance and start conversations about these important issues.”

    For more information on the initiative, please visit the Chicken Soup for the Soul website and click on the Boniuk link.

     

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    The Church of Christian Science in Houston is announcing a series of three talks with Chet Manchester on the topic of love and friendship. February 21st through 22nd there will a select event for each age group: general audiences; young professionals/college/high school students; and preteens/middle school students. 

     

    For General Audiences

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    Walking the walk: How to live the love Jesus taught

    Saturday, February 21, 2015

    •  11:00am to 12:00pm

    •  Seventh Church of Christ, Scientist, 1740 Yorktown, Houston, Texas 77056

    His last instructions were simple: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” So, why is it so hard to put Jesus’ teachings into practice? Why do we judge ourselves and others harshly? What does it take to love your enemies and forgive those who’ve hurt you? These questions will be explored at a free community talk by international speaker, Chet Manchester.

    Manchester, a Christian Science practitioner and lecturer, will share examples of how the practice of divine Love has stopped violence and helped people rebuild relationships and overcome serious health problems. His talk will include a perspective on Mary Baker Eddy, who wrote extensively about the healing power of Love and whose bestselling book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, has helped people of all faiths rediscover the practicality of Jesus’ teachings. Remember, this is a free talk, open to everyone. Child care will be provided.

    Watch a YouTube preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9KqS12h8os

    Join us online at CSHoustonLive.com 

    For Preteens and Middle Schoolers

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    Just live love—How to make great friendships

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    •  12:00pm to 1:00pm: Complimentary pizza social and live music by Carlos and Maddy of Mystery Loves Company.

    •  1:00pm to 2:00pm: Main talk

    •  At Star Pizza, (Party Room) 3800 S. Shepherd at Norfolk, Houston, TX 77098, 2 blocks north of US Highway 59.

    Ever wondered how to make or keep friendships that last? Or how to repair broken ones? This inspirational talk and discussion will explore what the Bible teaches about love and friendship and how you can apply this in your everyday life. Hosted by Christian Science lecturer, Chet Manchester, from New York, this one-hour workshop is designed for preteens and middle school students. 

    For Young Professionals, College, and High School Participants

    Young Adults Boniuk Foundation Podcast

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Being in love: Finding the perfect relationship

    Sunday, February 22, 2015

    •  5:30pm to 6:30pm: Complimentary pizza social with live music by Carlos and Maddy of Mystery Loves Company.

    •  6:30pm to 7:30pm: Main talk

    •  At Star Pizza, (Party Room) 3800 S. Shepherd at Norfolk, Houston, TX 77098, 2 blocks north of US Highway 59.

    How do you find the person you’re meant to be with? How do you deal with all the ups and downs of romantic relationships? Hear how others are thinking and praying about these issues at a special event featuring Chet Manchester, a Christian Science lecturer from New York. This event is free to all high school and college age students and young professionals. Chet speaks to interfaith audiences worldwide about how discovering the depth of God’s love is the basis of building relationships with others.

    No RSVP required

    For questions, email: donradams@me.com or call 713-443-5054

    Sponsors: Fourth, Seventh, Bellaire, and Friendswood Churches of Christ, Scientist

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