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  • This poem was written by Varsha Vaidyanath, Pleasanton’s Teen Poet Laureate in support of Unity Day.  Unity Day is on October 25th to spread the message for communities to unite for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. 

    Bean Stalk

    Kindergarten, where I learned to grow a kinder garden
    Planted the seeds of “please” and “thank you”
    And with a little sunshine, they grew and grew
    And sprouted into warmth and kindness
    Like a bean stalk, I climbed slowly but surely
    Not forgetting what I had learned
    A long climb up
    And I finally reached the top
    Only to discover an ogre
    No please, no thank you, no warmth, no kindness
    Alone and scared, there was nowhere to go
    I’m sure the ogre was once a kindergartener too, I thought
    If only he could find it in his heart to say please and thank you
    Then he would understand
    The ogre did teach me something important
    To share the seeds of kindness with everyone
    Whether the seeds be big or small
    Their opportunity to grow is endless

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