EAST LIVERPOOL - Today is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day in the city, and all adults are being urged to compose letters to the young people in their lives, telling them how incredible they are.
Mayor James Swoger issued a proclamation to that effect as part of the 18th commemoration of Absolutely Incredible Kid Day by Camp Fire Tayanoka, a national youth development organization.
Writing a letter to let kids know what is special about them is encouraged of all parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, teachers and mentors.
Mayor James Swoger proclaimed March 20 Absolutely Incredible Kid Day in East Liverpool, showing the official proclamation to Camp Fire members (from left) Aiden Hamilton, 5; Abby Hamilton, 9; and Cheyenne Buzzard, 6. (Photo by Jo Ann Bobby-Gilbert)
A letter is personal, tangible and something a person can hold onto for years to come. Through written words, people can express emotions they may hold back in conversation, and children may be more open to reading a letter than having a talk that may embarrass them, according to Camp Fire officials.
They added that the right words of encouragement can come at just the time a child needs them most, helping the child make better decisions, build self esteem and even be more compassionate and successful.
A letter in the mail, a lunchbox, on a pillow or tucked in a backpack can make an impact, they noted.
Although the idea is to provide a child a letter he can hold and save, positive encouraging words in a text or electronic medium will also serve to tell young people about their special qualities.
For those who don't know a child to write to, Camp Fire distributes letters to those who will not receive one. To donate a letter, mail to: Camp Fire, Atten: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day, 1100 Walnut Street, Suite 1900, Kansas City, MO, 64106.