In 2007, Pembroke Elementary had an ideal opportunity to recast itself with a new vision, touchstone, and school mascot as they moved into a brand new building. The Pembroke Character Education Committee played a role in developing the new school touchstone, with its focus on core values, as the new building opened. Pembroke has achieved great clarity of vision, with its core values supported by the touchstone and the school pledge. The faculty and administration recognize and testify to a well-developed integration of core values into curricular lessons. In addition to cross-age buddy programs, the school also implements a Links program, where older students reach out to special needs students every day at lunch and recess. Intrinsic reward strategies are understood and practiced, along with reflection by students involved in disciplinary situations. Parents are actively engaged in the work of the Character Education Committee and in meaningful volunteer activities in the school and through the PTA.
Lesson Plan: Stand up for Your Beliefs
This lesson encourages students to understand what bullying is, why it might happen, and what they can do when it does happen/to prevent it from happening, using MLK Jr. as a reference.
Promising Practice: Pembroke Pride
Monthly “Pembroke Pride” assemblies focus on a particular trait and “thought leaders” are brought in from the community to speak to students. Each assembly ends with the song, “We are Family”, usually with staff and students dancing out of the gym.
Promising Practice: Harvest Hike for Hunger
For almost 20 years, the students at Pembroke Elementary School have been raising money for organizations near and far by collecting pledges to hike throughout their school neighborhood.