Peer mentors in a K-8 school are showing COURAGE – that is, they are showing Compassion, Optimism, Unity, Respect, Achievement, Generosity and Excellence. At Winograd school in West Greeley CO, a unique mentorship develops among students, or Cubs of different grade levels, and they learn that lessons are about more than just reading, writing and arithmetic.
Just the COURAGE it takes to be a Winograd Cub is ingrained into the brains of all students, young and old.
It’s the very core of what principal Holly Bressler and her crew want all their students to exemplify.
Much of that playing out in the hallways of the school, however, depends on how well kindergartners connect to eighth-graders and every grade in between as well. So for the past three years, the Winograd staff has dedicated time in the schedule to work on that as well.
Once a month, for one hour in the morning, “Caring Cubs Connect” meets in classrooms throughout the building with a mix of students designed so younger ones have someone to look up to, and older ones have something to push them to be good role models.
The goal is to have two students from each grade, kindergarten through eighth grade, in each class, and the class time is spent reinforcing COURAGE.
One topic is covered each month, except respect, which is covered in December and January, and the last month of the year is spent going back over all seven facets.
“COURAGE is woven into the fabric of our school,” said Scott Pell, a school counselor at Winograd who oversees and helped create the program. “For students and staff it’s always about making good choices. That was one of the first things we thought of when we were trying to come up with something that would get all the students together.”
Although all the students are working on the same thing each month, each teacher is free to design the lesson as he or she sees fit.
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