JACKSON TWP. Teachers at Lake Cable Elementary school have spent the last few weeks reading a book called "Have You Filled a Bucket?" It’s a book that encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love by filling buckets.
On Feb. 23, the school held a Bucket Filling Day. The day was kicked off with a Kindness assembly. Rob Snow from Stand up for Downs spoke to students about kindness and perspective. His goal was to help students realize everyone is fighting some sort of battle and we all need to support and uplift one another.
Megan Taylor is one of the teachers who coordinated the event together with fifteen fifth-graders from the Bucket Fillers Club. She combined the message of the bucket filling book with the message of a second book called "The 5 Love Languages of Children." The rest of the day students rotated through five activity stations related to each of the love languages presented in the second book which include acts of Service, Gifts, Physical Touch, Quality Time and Words Of Affirmation.
"A bucket filler is someone who does or says kind things for other people," said Taylor.
"Our Bucket Filler Club members meet every two weeks and have been learning how to build morale and spreading kindness in our building. The goal for the Bucket Filling Day is to build awareness of how people give and receive love in different ways," she added.
All of the 580 students, teachers and staff at Lake Cable Elementary participated in the daylong events. Some of the activities included making beaded bracelets in the Gifts section, making hugs in the Physical Touch, playing with puppets, coloring, making bubbles or team work exercises in the Quality Time and making greeting cards to send to Akron Children’s Hospital for the Words of Affirmation.
The Acts of Service section included all grades participating in making tie-knot blankets that will be delivered to kids at Akron Children’s Hospital and to residents living in area nursing homes.
"This morning, each student got a gallon size baggie that acts as a bucket and they will fill it by the end of the day. There is a worksheet we’ve included in the bucket baggie that each student will write one example of a love language they experienced when visiting each of the stations," Taylor said.
Parents were invited to volunteer for the day. Students from Malone and Stark State along with volunteers from Rivertree, Christ Presbyterian and John Knox churches also helped out during the day.
Taylor said, "We have 75-80 parents volunteering. We also had retired teachers and Jackson Local alumni helping out. Every volunteer filled out an envelope with their name and address and our students will be writing thank you cards and letters to them."
The day started with all students in an assembly in the gym and the day ended with all students gathered back in the gym. The last event had students working with the 12 blankets they created throughout the day along with the bracelets and cards they created for others.
"The final goal of the day was to spend time together learning about the five love languages and brainstorming ways we can spread some sunshine wherever we go," Taylor said.