Project Cornerstone

Welcome back families and schools to the 2021-22 school year!

In September, we are discussing :
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids,
by Carol McCloud.

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This book uses the image of a bucket to represent our need to be filled with positive, caring words every day. When we are kind to each other, we increase our happy feelings and good thoughts that fill our buckets and our classmates’ buckets. 

Join in the discussion with your child

The book also discusses bucket dippers, whose negative behavior removes happy feelings from buckets and makes us feel sad. The lesson’s goal is to help students intentionally choose to fill their buckets and their classmates’ buckets with kindness in order to treat each other with respect. 

Ask your child to tell you more about  

  • Bucket fillers-How can you fill your bucket and the bucket of others
  • Bucket dippers– How can you help bucket dippers fill their bucket?
  • Use your lid– How can you keep a lid on your bucket? 

Reinforcing this lesson at home will help your child practice how to create a positive, caring school climate where students treat each other respectfully. 

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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Parent Teacher Association – Palo Alto, CA