Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program
What is the Project Cornerstone ABC Program?
ABC stands for Assets Building Champions. There are 41 Asset Building Characteristics which have been identified to be cornerstones in making children feel safe and that they belong. Project Cornerstone has found that the more of these characteristics which a child develops and feels good about, the less they are influenced or will participate in at-risk behavior.
The ABC Program is a literature-based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, appreciating each other’s differences and refusing to participate in gossip. Volunteers read specially selected books then lead discussions and activities that help teach valuable lessons related to these issues.
Who runs the program?
The ABC program is run in collaboration with teachers and parent volunteers who read to their child’s class, and other classrooms if they choose.
How well received is the program amongst the students?
The students look forward to each monthly book. They value the lessons learned from the book that was read, as well as the volunteer reader, who becomes someone they often look up to and connect with.
Several students in the upper grades are also chosen to participate in the Expect Respect program. They attended a special workshop to help with our Project Cornerstone efforts by modeling positive behavior, helping with playground conflict resolution and presenting and reinforcing Project Cornerstone concepts and tools to the student body through efforts lead by the principal and parent volunteers.
How does our school community benefit from this program?
The program’s goal is to help school communities achieve the following:
- Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
- Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
- Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
- Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive.
Books for the 2016-17 school year
- To be announced
For more information on Project Cornerstone or Asset Building Characteristic, please visit:
Project Cornerstone Website