At a recent school wide assembly, Granby Elementary introduced a new character-development program called bucket filling.
A video How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath was shown to present the concept of bucket filling. Bucket filling is an easy-to-understand concept: Everyone carries an imaginary bucket that holds good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad.
Children are bucket fillers when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring and respectful. They dip into buckets and remove those pleasant feelings when they are inconsiderate, uncaring or disrespectful.
After each interaction with another person a student should ask themselves whether they’ve added to someone’s bucket, leaving that person feeling uplifted, or dipped from their bucket.
During this school year, students will be encouraged and reminded to be bucket fillers at school, home and in the community. Students will be recognized for their efforts to be bucket fillers.
Colorful buckets labeled with teacher’s names will be displayed on a bulletin board in the school’s main lobby. These buckets will be filled with compliments whenever the class is caught being good. Slips will be available for students to write on in the library and cafeteria.
Also during the school-wide assembly, classrooms demonstrating respectful, responsible and safe behavior were rewarded with Granby Gator Golden Awards.
The Golden Broom award was given to Maureen Distin’s sixth grade class and Ellen Himes fourth grade class. The Golden Spoon, given for great behavior in the cafeteria, was awarded to Jessica Frost’s kindergarten class and Karen Murdoch’s third grade class.
The Golden Jump Rope, for safe behavior outside, was awarded to Laura Mooney’s third grade class and Julie Bennett’s fifth grade class. For respectful behavior in the hallway, the Golden Sneaker award was given to Mary Ellen Ellis’s fifth grade class and Ellen Himes fourth grade class.