Project Cornerstone

Welcome, families and schools to the 2023-24 school year!

This month, we are discussing :
Eyes That Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho.

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The author writes this book from a personal experience that promotes students understanding and appreciating their heritage at a young age. When people know more about their own culture, they are better able to understand and appreciate the culture of others. In this story, a young girl notices that her eyes look different from her friends’. Instead of their big, round eyes, hers “kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea”. She realizes that her eyes are like her mother’s, her amah’s, and her little sister’s and they are all beautiful. This book is about recognizing and embracing self-awareness, self-acceptance, and a commitment to live in alignment with your true values and beliefs. Encourage your child to be their authentic self. 

Embrace who they are and all that they are by:

  • Reflecting on values and beliefs
  • Identifying passions and interests
  • Challenging negative self-talk
  • Acknowledging strengths and weaknesses
  • Expressing gratitude

Join in the discussion with your child

We hope you will talk with your child about Eyes That Kiss in the Corners:

  • Share your own story with your child.
  • Explore family rituals or traditions that promote internalizing cultural values and beliefs.
  • Discuss what makes you each unique or different and how that makes you both interesting, authentic human beings.
  • Discuss and write a family code of honor that embraces family values. 
  • Identify and build relationships with caring, supportive adults.

Read more about Project Cornerstone

For over 20 years, Project Cornerstone has partnered with Silicon Valley schools, parents, and community organizations to deliver programs, trainings, and services that support youth to develop the social and emotional skills to grow into responsible, caring, and healthy adults who feel valued, respected, and known. Our children, families, and adults in our communities need support in social and emotional well-being, now more than ever.

If you would like more information about the ABC program, please contact Mari Ueda-Tao. The ABC program also promotes the 41 Developmental Assets. To learn more, visit the Project Cornerstone web site

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