Manti Elementary students and staff are bucket fillers! This year we are continuing the Bully Blocker program with a positive new twist, teaching children and staff members the importance of being bucket fillers.
The idea of bucket fillers is based on Dr. Donald O. Clifton’s metaphor of the bucket and the dipper.    In my efforts to teach children how to be bucket fillers I’ve spent time in each classroom sharing the book written by Carol McCloud, “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” (A Guide to Daily Happiness For Kids).  The premise of the book is we all carry an invisible bucket that contains our feelings.  It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us.  When our bucket is full, we feel happy.  When it’s empty, we feel sad.  Each of us also has an invisible dipper.  When we use that dipper to fill other people’s buckets–by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions–we also fill our own bucket.  But when we use that dipper to dip from others’ buckets–by saying or doing things that decrease their positive emotions–we diminish ourselves. A full bucket gives us a positive outlook and renewed energy.  Every drop in that bucket makes us stronger and more optimistic. But an empty bucket poisons our outlook, saps our energy, and undermines our will. That’s why every time someone dips from our bucket it hurts us. We face a choice every moment of every day:  We can fill one another’s buckets, or we can dip from them.  
The mission of bucket fillers is to create safer, kinder, more respectful school cultures where children are ready to learn; to create communities where all children grow up confident, resilient, caring, and responsible; to strengthen, encourage, and support families to become bucket filling families; to create positive, supportive workplaces; and to make bucket filling a habit and a way of life, resulting in individuals with “full buckets” who are healthy mentally, emotionally, and socially.
We know children need love, but children must also be taught to love others. Teaching children at a young age to be kind and respectful is not only important for their social well being, but also for their emotional well-being. We encourage our students to be bucket fillers at home, during extra curricular activities and in the community every day.  It is our responsibility as parents, teachers and community leaders to be good examples of bucket fillers in all we do and say.    Happy Bucket Filling!

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