Kids at Stockton Elementary in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood are definitely listening when Bob Schwalb is at the front the class. "When he tells you about it, I feel like I can do anything," said 8th grade student Brittany Smith.The HEART program is taught at 44 different schools in Chicago, including Stockton, and teaches kids self-confidence and to be more accepting of people different than themselves. It deals with subject like sweatshop labor, homophobia and bullying.
Schwalb is teaching these 8th graders how to be humane. And how he does that is through a curriculum he put together for HEART — an acronym for Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers.
To see WGN's report on "Chicago's Very Own," click here. You can learn more about the HEART program from its website, here.