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Project Cornerstone - ABC

Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program
ABC is a Project Cornerstone program geared toward engaging parents with kids.  At our school, parent volunteers are trained in the developmental assets model for positive youth development, and prepared to read a specially selected children’s book and lead related activities and discussions in classrooms each month. The program’s goal is to help our school communities achieve the following:
• Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
• Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
• Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
• Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive. 
To learn more about ABC Cornerstone and how it is being used in your child's classroom this year, please see the Toolkit and Word Definitions below.  
You can also visit Project Cornerstone at www.projectcornerstone.org for more resources.  
Parent Workshops
Take It Personally Workshops for Adults (at no charge) in English and in Spanish 

This Month's ABC Book-- Thank You, Mr. Falker

This month’s ABC book: Thank You, Mr. Falker” by Patricia Polacco is an autobiographical book about a struggling student. At age 5 she goes to school to learn to read. By fifth grade, she still can’t read and continues to be bullied by other students. She is a wonderful artist and is encouraged and supported by her family. Finally, when she gets to fifth grade her teacher, Mr. Falker, works with her to discover her unique keys to learning. This is a story about a family’s love, a girl’s pain and what happens when an adult believes in a child’s potential to learn.

Goals of lesson:

  •   Celebrate student’s heroes.

  •   Recognize teachers as UPstanders and their efforts to create a caring school


  •   Identify personal strengths to help overcome difficulties.

  •   Build empathy for students with learning challenges.

  •   Generate ways to be UPstanders when faced with cyberbullying.

    Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they perceive that adults in the community value youth (Developmental Asset #7). Here are some ways to build this


    •   Spend time with young people. (Not just your own child, but all young


    •   Listen and take seriously what they have to say.

    •   Seek out young people and solicit their feedback.

    •   Let them know their presence and participation are appreciated.

      Questions to ask your child:

       Overall, do you feel our community values children and young people? Why or why not?

    •   How do people in the community show they love and appreciate you?

    •   Which adults help you feel empowered and valuable? Why?

      When you “catch” kids OR adults modeling positive behaviors... Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!
Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.
Want to talk more about this book at home?  See below for some good questions to get the conversation going!