Winston Churchill once said "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." The staff at our school give SO much of themselves, all of the time. It doesn't matter where you look, there is always someone putting in time and effort to make a difference for students. I have often wondered how I got so incredibly lucky to have the good fortune of being able to work with so many people who care so much.
We started a new project in my room called "You Matter."
Each student in our room wrote a "You Matter" letter to one staff member who has made a positive difference in their life.
We put up a bulletin board with a "You Matter" letter to everyone who works at our school.
As a class we talked about how we can let people know they are appreciated and valued.
We discussed what this might look like, and how we could let people know that they matter. We looked at Angela Maier's "Treat Cart" idea and decided to make our own cart for the staff. Here is a list of ideas that students came up with.
Then we began to work on the things that we wanted to add to the cart. On Monday students made carrot cupcakes with a parent volunteer.
This was a fun project! Many of the students asked it we could keep doing it. I'm not sure where things will go from here, but I hope they have learned that they have influence, and their actions can make a positive difference.
Last week we also recorded a video message for each staff member. We are in the process of finishing up this iMovie. We will post it when it is done.