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By Vinesh Nambiar

Illustrated by Albert Lalmuanpuia Ralte


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By Vinesh Nambiar Illustrated by Albert Lalmuanpuia Ralte Copyright © 2007 The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the copyright owners. Published by The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation. ISBN 978-0-9798986-4-8 ™

changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Elizabeth was being asked to run for class president at school. She didn’t want to run for class president, but her friends, Patrick, Francis, and Andrew really wanted her to because she had so much dedication in whatever she did.

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Patrick recalled, “Elizabeth, remember when you had the lead role in our class play? You practiced so much and showed such dedication that it rubbed off on everyone. We all started working harder and being more dedicated, so the play ended up being the best our school had ever done.�

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Francis then followed, “That’s so true, Elizabeth. Remember the time when you were the leader of our class volleyball team and we won the school championship? You never missed a practice, you were the first to practice and the last to leave, and you worked harder than everyone else during practice. Your dedication made us all better.”

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“That’s right!” Andrew exclaimed. “Then there was that time when we went on the class camping trip and you were selected as our group leader. All the other groups got lost in the woods when trying to find their campsites, but you had worked for hours the night before preparing an easy-to-read map because you knew you had a big responsibility.”

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“Your dedication led us to our campsite way before the other classes, so our group got class medals.�

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The three friends said, “You see, Elizabeth, your dedication would make you such a good class president, and you could help our class to become the best in the school. Please accept our nomination because we know you will win.�

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Elizabeth thought about it long and hard and finally said, “Okay, guys. I will accept the nomination for you. But if I don’t get voted in, then you can’t say I didn’t try.”

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In the election, almost all of Elizabeth’s classmates voted for her, so she easily became class president.

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And it was no surprise to anyone that Elizabeth’s class ended up winning the ‘Best of the Best’ award for their outstanding service and dedication to the school that year.

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This book is dedicated to the Love that resides in the hearts of everyone.

108 Steps to Love

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Media that Makes a Difference

The End of Education is Character

Research that can Change the World

Learn more about the projects above at www.hv4k.org/framework . The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting universal human values in children. All products, projects, and programs developed by the organization have this aim in mind and contribute to this end. The organization operates on the premise that there is no solution more effective to solving the problems facing our world than to elicit the innate wisdom that resides in the hearts of our children. The organization has been built on the foundation of Peace, Truth, Righteousness, Nonviolence, and Love. Hence, the vision for The Human Values 4 Kids Foundation is to change the world one heart at a time through values that apply to all people at all times in all places.

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changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


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The Adventures in Human Values books are simple, yet powerful stories that teach kids about the importance of basic human values. Join Shivam, Khiara, Dorian, Elizabeth, CJ, Julia, Ahmed, Melia, and Keisha as they learn about LEADERSHIP, FORBEARANCE, GIVING, DEDICATION, BROTHERHOOD, SACRIFICE, CONSIDERATION, RESPONSIBILITY, and HEROISM in this inspiring fifth series. If we are to change our world for the better, then it must begin in the hearts of our children.

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changing the world one heart at a time

PEACE

TRUTH

NONVIOLENCE

LOVE

RIGHTEOUSNESS

www.hv4k.org


Adventures in Human Values - Stories for Children – DEDICATION