Lauren Book, founder and CEO of Lauren’s Kids, yesterday visited Kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th grade students the Vineland K-8 Center in Miami, during the school’s Career Day. Book’s visit came at the request of three Vineland students Gabby, Abby and Lexi, whom she met during the Walk in My Shoes 2015 journey as it passed through Miami-Dade County. The girls are so excited about advocacy that they wanted Lauren to come talk to their classmates about exactly what that means, and how it can be a career.
The Vineland K-8 students learn personal safety from a place of fun — not fear — through the foundation’s Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum in its classrooms, and the children were astounded that their friend Ms. Lauren from the television was there in real life! Remarked one student, “I thought you lived in the T.V. forever!”
Book told the children what it means to be an advocate and an author, “I just work really hard to make sure kids like you stay safe,” she said to a classroom full of wide-eyed excitement, “That’s my job!” Lauren’s conversation with the children also included the importance of advocates and advocacy in the world, and how important it is to always speak up and use their voice to stand up for what they believe in.
Lauren also read her children’s book, Lauren’s Kingdom, to the class, and led activities from the Safer, Smarter Kids curriculum.