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The People Loving People Mapping Project: Join the Mapping Movement Now

A Georgia State University geographer involved in boosting K-12 geography education in Georgia is putting his talents to use by creating a mapping system where kids, teachers, families, and the general public can submit their acts of kindness from all around the country.

Timothy Hawthorne, assistant professor of geography and state coordinator for the Georgia Geographic Alliance, is using geographic information systems to take information submitted by the public about their acts of kindness — inspired by the Garth Brooks song, “People Loving People,” to put goodwill literally on the map.

The project is online and you can add your stories to the map at http://peoplelovingpeople.org.

“Most mapping projects and media too often focus on the more negative and critical elements of our society,” Hawthorne said. “Here we want to focus on the good.”

It also serves as a way to help encourage K-12 students to learn more about geography, using geographic information systems by Hawthorne and colleagues across the state through the Georgia Geographic Alliance. The organization, based at Georgia State, is supported by theNational Geographic Society Education Foundation.

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