The Prevention Programs and Alternative Education Department is introducing a new initiative for Lake County Schools to utilize throughout the school year: Bucket Fillers. The concept is for all of us to adopt the concept that when our bucket is filled, we are happy. This can be done by being a bucket filler. Bucket filling builds culture and climate within classrooms and schools while supporting Restorative Practices, Bullying Prevention, Character Education, and Authentic Literacy.
Each elementary school will receive copies of the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This book shows children that daily kindness, appreciation and love affect the well-being of others and ourselves through the analogy of "bucket filling" and "bucket dipping." A "bucket" is a person's emotional and mental self. "Bucket filling" is using kind and thoughtful words and actions to show someone that you care about them. "Bucket dipping" is taking from another's bucket by using thoughtless words or careless actions.
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Ideas for Use with Students
Click HERE for Bucket Filling lesson plans and activities.
After introducing and reading the book to students, a few examples of a beginning of the year Bucket Filling lesson are:
Ideas for Use with Faculty/Staff
Schools have an option of utilizing the book, "How Full is Your Bucket? Positive Strategies for Work and Life" (Expanded Educator's Edition) by Tom Rath and Don Clifton for their school. The book provides information about and ideas for Bucket Filling with faculty and staff. This book incorporates an Educational Guide for Educators section with activities for the classroom as well as activities for staff development at the school.