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How Full is Your Bucket?

Lessons from How Full is Your Bucket for Kids (Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer)

During “Read Across America Week,” I had the pleasure of reading to a fourth grade class in our district! I chose one of my favorite children’s books, How Full is Your Bucket for Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer.

The book is based on the premise of respect, relationships and responsibility. It is also patterned after the book by the similar title, How Full is Your Bucket, by Don Clifton and Tom Rath. (That one is for adults! )

The gist of both books is, “Everyone has an invisible bucket. We are at our best when our buckets are overflowing-and at our worst when they are empty. Everyone also has an invisible dipper. In each interaction, we can use our dipper either to fill or to dip from others’ buckets. Whenever we choose to fill others’ buckets, we in turn fill our own.”

What does that mean for children and for adults? Take the situation below.

How did you feel after your last interaction with another person?

Did that person -- your family member, best friend, coworker, or even a stranger -- "fill your bucket" by making you feel more positive? Or did that person "dip from your bucket," leaving you more negative than before?

If we want our students to be successful in the workforce and to meet the elements of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate, we must teach them to fill the buckets of their fellow students, their coworkers and families (See the Profile below).

A successful organization is only as successful as the relationships we develop and maintain. The quality of our personal and professional relationships determines the quality of our lives for the most part.

It is our responsibility as adults (parents and educators) to teach our children the power of positive relationships and how to build them!

Now, go fill someone’s bucket with a compliment today!

Make it a great week!

Angela

District News and High Fives..........

The Chester County School District is in the process of reviewing our Title 1 District Parent and Family Engagement Policy. In addition, we are also seeking parent input on the district's Title 1 expenditures for 2017-2018. We are asking all parents and stakeholders of the Chester County School District to please take a few minutes to complete the survey below. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated. https://surveyplanet.com/58c6aaeea2b96a7849bea668

Congratulations to the 2017 - 2018 Chester County School District

Teachers of The Year!

Chester County Career Center -Connie Holsonback

Chester High School -Christine Hobbs

Chester Middle School -Ormand Cottle

Chester Park COLT -Tonia Moore

Chester Park Elementary School of the Arts -Carol Ann Compton

Chester Park School of Inquiry -Dequawnsha S. Worthy

Great Falls Elementary -Elizabeth Howie

Great Falls High School 6-12 -Erica Raheja

Lewisville Elementary School -April Wilson

Lewisville High School -Cindy Taylor

Lewisville Middle School -Brandon Barrett

The Learning Center -Rinzer Ray

Reminder Spring Break is April 10-14!

During Read Across America Week, student's at CPE and LES took place in a character parade Students and staff enjoyed dressing up as their favorite book character!