Submitted by: Heather Cooksey Liberty Park Elementary September 9, 2010 Did you know that everyone holds an invisible bucket? Your bucket can be either filled or drained based upon daily interactions with others. Kind words, helpful deeds, friendly gestures, smiles, and compliments are just a few ways of filling someone’s invisible bucket. Liberty Park Patriots have been working very hard to fill buckets! Kim Ferguson, Dean of Students, introduced the concept of filling buckets to all grade levels through the use of the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? By Carol McCloud and David Messing. This rich text demonstrated the concepts of respect, responsibility, and self-control, and how these concepts fill everyone’s invisible bucket. Each week, Mrs. Ferguson selects a Spotlight Student that has worked hard to fill the buckets of others. These students are highlighted in the weekly school newsletter with their picture and they are also rewarded with a special medallion that can be worn for all to see. In addition, each Spotlight Student’s name appears on the school’s scrolling marquee board. Lyndsay Davis, fourth grade teacher, has been working hard with her class to take the concept of filling buckets to the next level. Her students have adopted a restroom inside the school building. To fill the buckets of their peers, her fourth grade students keep the restroom clean, and created posters that highlight rules and procedures of the restroom. Her students willingly stay in during a small portion of their recess to check the restrooms to make sure everything is in order. Also, Miss Davis’ class is continuing the concept of filling buckets by collecting blankets, toys, and other gently used items to give to local food banks and shelters during the holiday season. To help Miss Davis’ class, contributions may be made to Liberty Park Elementary. Do your part…have you filled a bucket today?