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How Cleveland's Smarty Pants Learning Center is teaching children about unity: United We Stand

To unite our country, we must invest in our kids.

CLEVELAND — After this unpredictable election year, our nation is in serious need of healing and unity. One place to look? The needs of our children, who represent our future.

Nowadays tensions are high, and understanding one another is almost impossible. But what we forget to realize is, in the end, it’s the children who suffer.

"One of the most effective ways to fight racial bias in kids is to not only allow them to see color, but to also deliberately show them more of it," according to TodaysParent.com.

That’s why the curriculum at Smarty Pants Learning Center is so crucial.

No matter what's happening in the world, Ms. Cassaundra Lockett says her lessons were always designed for children to work together and be respectful.

“Our center is multicultural," she explains. "We’re right in the heart of downtown, so we get some of everything from around the world. It’s very important for them to know how to treat people."

A school united under one roof with children from different backgrounds spreading the same message: Spread kindness, not germs.

“I teach them our differences is what makes them unique, and we know that children will play with anybody until somebody teaches them differently," Lockett says.

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