Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kumon “Team Up to Clean Up”

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From the City of Hamilton Team Up to Clean Up page: 

“Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up Spring Blitz is a major city-wide community clean up event that coincides with Earth Day and the Great American Cleanup. This annual city-wide spring clean up event is coordinated by City staff in partnership with Hamilton’s Clean City Liaison Committee.  Last year’s Tim Hortons Team Up to Clean Up Spring Blitz attracted more than 16,000 enthusiastic volunteer registrants. The Team Up to Clean Up Program gives you the tools and tips to work together to keep your neighbourhood clean and green all year round.  The program helps keep public places  in  your neighbourhood clean and safe for everyone’s use.  These areas include municipal properties, community parks, trails, parking lots, alleyways, streets and so much more. Get a group together and create a clean team!”

We at Kumon of Hamilton West End are putting a Kumon Clean Up Team together for Sunday, April 28, from 3-5 pm – see our Facebook event page here to clean up nearby Beulah Park as well as at least part of Highland Park – it’s a big job but if we have enough hands it will be a fun and productive community effort.

Are you doing anything similar in your neighbourhood?Image

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connections“Suspended coffee” takes off in Bulgaria

I found this a very inspiring example of “paying it forward” (a concept encapsulated in the beautiful, deeply touching 2000 movie Pay It Forward).

“Can’t afford coffee? No matter. In Bulgaria, an old Italian tradition that sees good souls buying hot drinks for those who struggle to make ends meet has taken hold after weeks of tensions over deepening poverty.

More than 150 cafes across Bulgaria have joined a goodwill initiative modelled on the Italian “caffe sospeso” tradition, which literally means “suspended coffee”, according to a Facebook page devoted to the movement.

The tradition — born in the cafes of Italy’s southern city of Naples — sees people pay in advance for one or several coffees without drinking them…” Read the whole story here