MIDDLEPORT — Meigs Primary employees have worked to install positive bucket filler characteristics within their students, and their staff works daily to role model those characteristics.
According to Meigs Primary School Counselor Brenda Phalin, being a “bucket filler” is based on the principle of filling the imaginary bucket that we each carry. School children and officials fills their buckets — and the buckets of others — by simply being honest, responsible, caring, kind and compassionate, she said.
Following up on the concept, the school strives to create an atmosphere conducive of being safe and secure within their walls, and also having a welcoming attitude toward any student that may join the school. In 2013, Meigs Primary formed their first Welcoming Crew, and the reaction was positive from both parents and children.
The crew is created by requesting that each teacher provide staff with students who will be ready-made friends if a new student joins their classroom. These are bucket fillers that display positive behaviors each day. Students already attending Meigs Primary will also help new students with school rules.
Specifically, the crew is also expected to exhibit compassionate behaviors by sitting with a new student by showing them how to go through the lunch line, introduce them to the rules in their new classroom and on the playground, answer any questions they may have and in general, welcome them to Meigs Primary, and hopefully help to make the adaption a positive experience, Phalin said.
Any student who’s invited to join the Welcome Crew will have a note sent home to their parents from Phalin and Shawn Weaver, social worker. The student will also receive a welcome crew certificate.
Reach Lindsay Kriz at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2555.