Blog post by: Mrs. Wilson
Each year on the second day of school, I read a picture book to our students at morning assembly. I always pick a book that is one of my favorites: perhaps it’s a favorite because it was a book I enjoyed as a child. Maybe it’s a favorite because I discovered it at some point during my nine years as a classroom teacher. Possibly, it was a book one of my own children introduced to me. Needless to say, I have many favorites and I love sharing good books with people I care about.
This year, I read Have You Filled a Bucket Today by Carol McCloud. The concept is that everyone has an imaginary bucket that we carry around all day. This bucket can be full (yay!) or this bucket can be empty (boo!). We feel happy and it’s a good thing to have a full bucket – this means that the people around us have helped us fill our buckets with good thoughts and good feelings about ourselves. We feel sad and maybe a little lonely when our buckets are empty; perhaps because we’re feeling a little blue or because someone has dipped into our buckets by being unkind or disrespectful.
This year, I challenged our students to be “bucket fillers” by being loving and caring people who say and do nice things to make others feel special. Treating people with kindness and respect fills our own buckets, too! We want to stay away from being “bucket dippers” which is when we make fun of someone, say or do mean things, or ignore someone. Not only do we dip into someone else’s bucket when we’re unkind, but we also dip into our own buckets. Being a “bucket dipper” hurts both people!
It’s not always easy and it takes lots of practice. Isn’t that the purpose of school? Practice? Just like we need to practice our math facts and state capitals (among many other things!), we need to practice kindness and care for others. That’s one of the many wonderful things about Bishop Marshall; we have a responsibility to treat one another with the dignity each person deserves! We are all made in the likeness and image of God – and how we treat one another is how we treat our relationship with God. Each day is a new opportunity to fill a bucket. If we fall short one day, we have another opportunity the next. We feel good when we help others feel good!
Here’s to a year of filling buckets!