On Friday October 28th, PS 115 kicked off its 2011-2012 Respect For All Initiative by promoting good characters. Students paraded around the school with the Midwood Marching band dressed as characters in books that they viewed as “positive role models”. Later in the day, the school was visited by Kevin Bailey, motivational speaker and author of, "Anthony Meets the Playground Bully." In the evening, hundreds of costumed parents and students enjoyed a family “Character Day Dance” to culminate the day’s activities.
The festivities also included a “Character Reading Buddies Program.” Upper and lower grade classes were partnered to become Character Reading Buddies. Each month, students share the Book of the Month with their character buddy. The purpose of this program is to facilitate older students modeling positive behavior traits to the younger students. To facilitate this initiative, each book of the month for the year will have a character based theme.
In November, students shared "Fill a Bucket" by Carol McCloud. Following the Character Buddy activities, teachers tracked the amount of good deeds (bucket fillers) that their students performed throughout the week. At the end of the week, the class in each grade who had the most bucket fillers received a pizza party.
This story is part of a series to promote the ongoing school-based programs and activities through the Respect For All initiative.