National Geographic : 1999 Nov
i One story concerns the common plight of the elderly in a nursing care facility who crave more companionship. The other is about special needs students: kids whose learning and behavioral problems usually result in too much anger and too little self-esteem. Faith Charles has a novel approach to both problems: her special needs classes make monthly visits to the California Armenian Home. These visits are especially welcome during the holidays when the students put up decorations, sing carols, make crafts and generally add some holiday cheer to the residents' lives. Yet, Mrs. Charles' kids may actually receive more than they give. Their self-esteem increases from learning that they can make a real difference in someone else's life. What's more, the activities they share with the residents improve their reading, writing, art and communication skills. For scripting happy endings to two very different stories, State Farm is pleased to present Mrs. Faith Charles with our Good Neighbor Award® and to donate $5,000 to the Fresno Unified School District Special Education Department in Fresno, California. STATEFARM Good Neighbor INSURANCE Award STATE FARMINSURANCE COMPANIES Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois www.statefarm.com The GoodNeighborAward wasdevelopedin cooperationwith The Councilfor ExceptionalChildren. Al '"