During the month of March 2012, several local businesses, including Hickinbotham Real Estate, participated in a book give-away at the St. Clair Elementary School.  This is an annual program wherein students are given a book which they get to keep.

                                                                                                                       

This year's book was Eight Keys to a Better Me, by Dr. William J. Briggs, former President of Limestone College.  Dr. Briggs has spent over 30 years of his life in education and child development.

The colorfully illustrated book is meant to enhance a childs personal development by helping them learn appropriate responses to situations they may find themselves in at any time.

According to the publisher, Family Traditions of Gastonia, NC, the purpose of Eight Keys to a Better Me is as follows:

"Today, more than ever before, the young people of our nation are under attack from highly destructive forces which can disrupt, if not ruin, their lives.  As teachers and parents, you are aware of the devastating effect that drugs, child pornography and juvenile crime can have in creating a sense of diminished self-worth and low self-esteem.”

“It has been said, 'It is better to build children than to repair adults.'  Therefore, we know you welcome the action of concerned business and professional people who are acting to curb these excesses.  This gift book is their way of saying, 'We care and we want to help.' “

Eight Keys to a Better Me lists and illustrates eight key traits which could influence children in their character development that will lead to a better self-image, better relationships with others, and a better life.

Family Traditions publishes specialty books that are designed and edited for young children.  As part of their marketing program, they find local businesses and professional people such as Hickinbotham Real Estate, who want to encourage our young people and help them become better adults by supporting this free book give-away.

The eight key traits are Honesty, Respect, Patriotism, Kindness, Courage, Responsibility, Feelings and Self-Worth.  As you can see, they are traits that all young people need to develop to help them live happily in today’s world.

Hickinbotham Real Estate loves to help the children and families of the St. Clair area, not only by doing such things as participating in donating these books, but by helping families find the perfect home.  Contact me, Scott Hickinbotham, today, online or by phone at 636-629-3419.  We love to help our neighbors!