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.