Compassion is one of the five principles that the Pine River program focuses on.  Of these core principles – Courage, Accountability, Integrity, Respect – Compassion seems particularly pertinent this time of year.  The tradition of thinking of and giving to others during the holiday season extends beyond presents and greeting cards.  All year round, our students are learning, practicing and mentoring compassion.  We see it when they support each other through difficult growth.  We see it when they whole-heartedly try to understand their parents’ perspective.  We see it when they honour someone special, as with the naming of Beno’s Gym. The kids that come to Pine River are on a difficult journey. It would be understandable to see them saving their support and kind energy for themselves.  In this light, something as seemingly simple as ‘Got Compassion?’ is especially inspiring.