Sample email or letter to your
Send an email or letter to encourage your local school to
offer or expand compassion education. Copy the below text, then you
can personalize your message.
Dear [Teacher or Administrator or PTA Member],
When I think about the skills I want my child to be learning,
I couldn’t think of anything more important these days than
Programs that teach compassion have been shown to improve students’
mental health, social skills, and academic achievement. Moreover,
the benefits don’t end when students leave the program, but
continue to grow for years to come, according to a 2017
Up to 18 years later, students exposed to these core SEL skills in
school continue to outpace their peers on a number of indicators,
including education, employment, criminal activity, substance use,
and mental health (see full study).
Will you help bring compassion education to our
Tens of thousands of schools have made commitments to add SEL
programming to the school day. We can do it too and without costing
our school any additional funds. We just need to make this a
priority, and take advantage of FREE resources offered by the
The Compassion Project is the first
comprehensive, no-cost program designed to help educators
facilitate lessons around fundamental Social Emotional Learning
(SEL) skills. The curriculum was developed by education technology leader EVERFI and includes
resources for elementary school teachers, including:
- Engaging Videos – Short videos can
be streamed daily, weekly, or as needed to introduce students to
key concepts and themes.
- Lesson Plans – Classroom-ready
lessons provide educators with standards-aligned guides to
integrate effortlessly into instruction.
- Digital Lessons – Self-paced or
whole-classroom digital activities help educators extend concepts
like empathy, emotional awareness, and mindfulness in a novel and
Make SEL a Priority
Whether we are expanding our existing SEL offering, or starting a
brand new program, we should participate in the growing movement to
add compassion education to the school day.
You can learn more at www.thecompassionproject.com or
email The Compassion Project at firstname.lastname@example.org.
[A parent / community member]