Eldridge Park has created a culture of character where every first step and all the steps thereafter lead their students on a journey that has already begun to shape the paths of their lives. Students, staff, and community members describe Eldridge Park as a “cocoon” which prepares and places the most beautiful of butterflies into the world—their children. A smiling principal meets students at the morning buses, a police officer high-fives students walking to school, and teachers meet students coming to early-morning clubs with projects ready. Daily activities and projects connect to core values. Families are actively involved and are a regular presence within the school. Students are encouraged to be “bucket fillers”—people who celebrate one another’s successes. Eldridge Park is an inclusive, family-oriented, and high-energy environment where going the extra mile is a way of life.
Outreach: During their 2011-12 award year, Eldridge Park staff presented at a state conference, hosted visitors, mentored other schools, and participated in the formation of regional mentoring networks in New Jersey. “It has been wonderful to share our practices with others and to learn exciting, new programs,” said principal Kathryn Robbins.
Lesson Plan: Fill Buckets All Day: Be a Bucket Filler!
Through a story and some fun, meaningful activities students will learn about the concept of “bucket-filling” and will have the opportunity to practice it in the classroom. Overall, it will help to build unity among classmates and peers.