Be The One. . .To Be Inclusive
This is my 5th Year being involved at the Junior High. This year I am the PTSA President at the Junior High and about a year ago I had this vision and didn't want it to die. In fact, I felt it was so important that I was willing to quit doing everything else I was doing to bring this vision to fruition. I wanted to help students see that they all have value. I wanted them to strengthen others. Basically give them positive things to enjoy during their teenage years. I didn't want an anti-bullying program that focused on things that were negative.
As I was brainstorming ideas and feeling that something would come together this video came out:
I fell in love with this video and the power of words. Over the summer I talked to friends at the baseball field and asked what they felt their children needed. Then the suggestion was made to go with a logo of "Be the One." From there the ideas grew. I decided to go with different monthly themes to go with Be the One. September was to Be the One to Make a Difference and October is Be the One to Be Inclusive.
I was quickly realizing that I didn't have time to make things happen the way I wanted them to go, but I was so grateful that a friend of mine caught the vision and took it even further than I envisioned.
She is now doing activities each Wednesday during e-time that focus on that monthly theme. We just started, but it is catching on and the students are enjoying it.
Today my son came home and told me that during e-time he saw some awesome video clips. He was so excited to show me one of the videos and my boys have played it over and over again. My 4th grader wanted me to share it with his teacher so she could show her class.
This is what I wanted to have happen. I wanted students to catch the vision and share it and spread it to their friends. I truly don't know how many students will be changed with the program, but if we can have an impact on one student we have succeeded.
Here is the video he is so excited about:
I can't thank those that have grabbed my vision and helped it come to fruition enough. I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such great people who support my sometimes "crazy" visions. We can be much more successful when we include others in our lives to help make a difference.
I hope that that all of us can take the challenge to BE THE ONE!!! Be the one to make a difference in someone's life each and every day. It can be as simple as a smile or holding a door open for someone or making a call to a friend or family member, etc. Encourage your children to each Be the One each day.
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