News 8 spreads compassion through community

'Compassion Lives Here' is our theme

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. As part of News 8’s continuing effort to try to reduce bullying and emphasize compassion in our community, we’ve partnered with area libraries.

You may have noticed colorful tiles on our News 8 This Morning show set. Libraries in our area have blank 6×6 canvas tiles that you can use to show what compassion means to you. There is no cost to get a tile, but we ask that you leave a donation to keep the project going.

Once your art project is done, either return the tile to the library where you picked up the tile, or bring it to our station, 141 South 6th St. in La Crosse.

The idea started with the La Crosse School District’s Compassion Project last year. Every student created their own idea of what compassion means to them on a 6×6 canvas tile. Once we get the tiles back, we will be using them as part of our Morning Show set.

The La Crosse, Holmen, West Salem, Bangor, Campbell, Coon Valley and Ontario libraries all have the small canvases available. Necedah, Wilton, Blair, Trempealeau, Galesville, Viroqua, Norwalk and Cashton have all used the tiles during story time or other library programs.

On Friday, News 8 This Morning Anchor Jennifer Livingston went to the Trempealeau Library. She joined about 20 kids and their families. They read stories and talked about being kind.

“We were so thrilled to have The Compassion Project come to our library. We taught the kids about being a good friend and not being a bully,” said Trempealeau Library Director Jessica Schnoonover.

The kids also created their own tiles with the theme, “Hugs not Shoves.”

Wednesday, October 22 is Unity Day, the day to wear orange to unite against bullying.  We would love for you wear orange and either make a sign and take a picture or a quick video chanting the theme “Compassion Lives Here.” Does it live in your home, your school, at the office? Let us know! We are going to share many of the pictures and videos we get during all of our newscasts on Wednesday.  

CLICK to upload a photo wearing orange and holding a sign that says, “Compassion Lives Here.”Send us your video saying, “Compassion Lives Here,” email Follow #UnityDay2014 and #CompassionProject on Twitter.

Visit our community resource website, for more on what our community is doing to be more compassionate.

News 8 spreads compassion through community