Throughout the month of November Deputy Cushman and a Livonia High School student went into Mrs. Marozas' Class First Grade Class, a total of five times to teach the Junior Achievement program. Junior Achievement is an organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's purpose is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. The students learned many different skills ranging from being a good community member, needs versus wants, entrepreneurship just to name a few. Each student upon completion of the program received a certificate to celebrate their accomplishments!
Since the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, Mrs. Read and Deputy Cushman have been going into Mrs. Carey's second grade classroom every week in order to build community with restorative circles. Often times students come to school with many issues on their minds and in their hearts. As educators, it is important to help students process their thoughts and feelings so they can better handle their situations and be more present in class. Restorative circles are a useful practice to do just that. They are important because they proactively build the relationships and skills students need to support one another and collectively address the challenges they face. Mrs. Read and Deputy Cushman have been working to build that sense of community within the classroom so they can later feel comfortable discussing their thoughts and feelings with their peers. Circles have been proven to decrease the amount of bullying in a classroom because they understand where their classmates are coming from and really get to know their peers.
(Pictured is Mrs Carey's class participating in "Find Someone Who?" activity)