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Bet You’re Not Kinder Than This Fifth-Grader!

Written by PETA | October 27, 2011

When 10-year-old Nicky Schwarz learned that the principal of his California elementary school had agreed to eat fried worms if the students read for a half-million minutes, this kind kid sprang into action. Nicky circulated a petition calling for an alternative to the event and rallied his friends and classmates to speak up, too—and the stunt was called off!

For demonstrating that compassion should apply to all beings, Nicky received a PETA Kids Compassionate Action Award. We sent this smart fifth-grader a framed certificate, a letter of recognition, and a bagful of PETA goodies.

Help inspire the kids you know to turn their compassion into action by giving them a copy of PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book 50 Awesome Ways Kids Can Help Animals.

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  • kamikazevegan says:

    @ Rev. good idea!! they should. my elementary did that. sooooooooo much fun!

  • Rev. Meg says:

    What a great kid!! And if I may suggest an alternative activity, at the end of the school year (or in July or August if Nicky attends a year round school) have the principal sit in a dunk tank and have the kids throw baseballs at him or her. Our local elementary school does that and it’s the most popular event of the year. Hey, Nicky could throw the first pitch!!

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