Robeson Elementary Center implements a positive behavior/character development program called Bucket Filling.
The program is designed around the book, "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud, as well as supporting texts such as "Fill A Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children," also written by McCloud, and "How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids" written by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer.
Bucket filling is an easy to understand concept: Everyone carries an invisible bucket that holds our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we feel happy, and when our buckets are empty, we feel sad. Children quickly understand that they can be a bucket filler when they do and say things that are kind, considerate, caring, and respectful. By doing this, they are filling other people’s buckets and filling their own bucket at the same time. They also learn that when they are mean, inconsiderate, uncaring, or disrespectful, they dip into buckets and remove those good feelings. A bucket dipper says or does things to cause other people to feel bad. Even the youngest child understands that actions and words can either fill a bucket or dip into it. Students earn bucket-filler slips when they demonstrate respectful responsible behavior. These slips are then placed into grade level drawings. The winners of these drawing choose from a list of prizes that include experiences such as feeding the turtles, announcing buses over the PA system, eating lunch with the principal, and more.
Our bucket-filling program was a spring 2014 recipient of J.P. Mascaro & Sons' Respect Program Grant. Funds from this award have been used to provide additional texts that teach about bucket-filling, as well as lesson materials and a classroom Promethean Board. During this school year we are encouraging, reminding, and recognizing everyone’s efforts to be bucket fillers at school. If you would like to learn more about bucket filling, visit the Bucket Fillers website