Project #4: Support the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

The Giving Games: Youth and Schools Play it Forward has partnered with the Charter for Compassion International to bring you four featured projects. Each project focuses on one of the Charter’s partner organizations, each part of a community of thousands of groups, governments, and individuals collectively working to bring the Charter for Compassion to life around the globe. Work with your students to select one of these projects to focus on during the Games!

Project #4: Support the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

About this project: 6-year-old Jesse Lewis was one the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Days prior to the tragedy, Jesse wrote three words on his chalkboard at home: “Nurturing. Healing. Love.” We understand these final words as a calling from Jesse that says, ‘I have something for you to do for us. That’s to consciously change an angry thought into a loving one’ because it is a choice.”

The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation collaborates with professional educators to develop school-based educational programs that will change our current culture of violence to one of safety, peace and love for everyone in our world. This is the single guiding principle, the sole purpose and motto of our work: Teaching Others to Choose Love.

How you can help: Use the #GivingTuesday Helping Hands Penny Project template and lesson plan to create a fundraising service project for your class, or contact the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation to find out other ways you can support this project.

Contact: Visit or contact the organization at

View the Other Featured Projects Here

Project #1: Help Build a School for Sierra Leone Orphans

Project #2: Provide Supplies for Homeless Families in Botswana

Project #3: Give Girls in Pakistan Access to Education