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Compassion Fayetteville: Little Village

The saying goes, "it takes a village" to raise a child. But what if the children are the village?
The saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. But what if the children are the village?

"Part of the Little Village, the philosophy is really getting to know Fayetteville. This is a unique community and these are unique kids," Lisa Jo Outlaw, owner and creator of Little Village said.

After school, about 6 elementary students take an outing, with Little Village creator Lisa Jo Outlaw.

"For us to get to know our community, to learn a little stewardship, to feel like we're a part of it, you know all of a sudden we have some agency in it," she said.

The program is educational, but also incorporates acts of kindness.

"One of our good deeds was giving out a few coins to places with a penny jar. And that was fun because it was not only helping your community but it was helping the economy," Kele Estes-Beard,11, said.

"We want to help our earth with like picking up trash," London West, 8, said.

The Little Village" is a partner of compassion Fayetteville.

"It was a natural connection. We're already doing art about peace and love, because they're into that :20 and so to make the connection and bring that to everyone and expand that to everyone we meet, it was a natural connection," Lisa Jo said.

A wall full of collages at the Fayetteville Public Library represents compassion and love. Each piece was created by the kids.

"Everybody doing their part to make something greater and bigger and fuller," Lisa Jo Outlaw said.

"Usually I did like things like, the power of love, peace equals love," Kele said.

"So everybody can see that love is really important to the whole world," Edith VanLynn said.

"I like to make everyone else happier, not only me," Siddha Estes-Beard said.

While lessens of love and compassion are important to teach students, sometimes, even as adults, we can learn from a child's heart.

"Love should be spread everywhere. Everywhere. Even if it's a person that's mean to you, you still have to love them. You don't have to like them, but you do have to love them," Edith said.





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