If you missed the presentation at last Friday’s Parent Association meeting from School Counselor Heather Power, you do not want to miss a book club discussion with her in March. Check out from the library or buy your edition of “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” by Dr. Michele Borba, and mark your calendar for a discussion with Heather and fellow parents and caregivers on March 21. In this book, Borba explains what parents and educators MUST do to combat the growing empathy crisis among children today—including a nine-step empathy-building program with tips to guide kids from birth through college and beyond. Teens today are 40% less empathetic than they were thirty years ago. Why is a lack of empathy—which goes hand-in-hand with the self-absorption epidemic Dr. Borba calls the Selfie Syndrome—so dangerous? It hurts kids’ academic performance and leads to bullying behaviors. And once children grow up, a lack of empathy hampers their ability to collaborate, innovate, and problem-solve—all must-have skills for the global economy.