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La Crosse Compassion Project

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La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) ---- A district wide school project aims at teaching kids to have empathy for others. The La Crosse Compassion Project will involve 6-thousand students.

At the start of the 2013 school year students will receive a 6 by 6 inch art panel to draw or paint on.  The assignment asks them how they would depict "compassion" on a blank canvas. Educators say it's a powerful way to teach core values.

Tim Riley of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation "Compassion is a wonderful umbrella under which a lot of our core values exist and I think compassion can alleviate so many things especially bullying and so many other problems."

Doctor Richard Davidson a psychologist from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the inspiration behind the project.  His research found that those who practice compassion have measurably healthy brains and a happier outlook on life.

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