"Research convincingly shows that grateful youth, compared to their less grateful counterparts, are happier, more satisfied with their lives, friends, family, neighborhood, and selves. They also report more hope, engagement with their hobbies, higher GPAs, and less envy, depression, and materialism.”
-Berkeley Youth Gratitude Project
Gratitude a Touchstone for All
At Kegonsa we are intentional about:
- Developing lessons for all grade levels around gratitude across the school year
- More fully integrate service into our PBIS work (students can earn Gilly slips to serve others)
- Imbue the spirit of seeing the good, savoring the good, speaking the good into our classroom communities, school celebrations, and wider school culture (students, family, staff, community)
During the 2016-2017 school year we were a pilot site for a study on Gratitude run through The Center for Greater Good at Berkeley. We were fortunate to have received the gratitude curriculum that we use in our 4th grade each year. The researcher, Dr. Giacomo Bono, has written extensively on gratitude over the years and his work has supported what we all know and believe -- gratitude matters.
The Marigold Effect
See the joy. Spread the joy.
Many experienced gardeners follow a concept called companion planting: placing certain vegetables and plants near each other to improve growth for one or both plants. For example, rose growers plant garlic near their roses because it repels bugs and prevents fungal diseases. Among companion plants, the marigold is one of the best: It protects a wide variety of plants from pests and harmful weeds. If you plant a marigold beside most any garden vegetable, that vegetable will grow big and strong and healthy, protected and encouraged by its marigold.
Marigolds exist in our schools as well – encouraging, supporting and nurturing growing.... If you can find at least one marigold in your school and stay close to them, you will grow. Find more than one and you will positively thrive." (Excerpt from Find Your Marigold)
At Kegonsa we have started something called Marigold Mail, which is a way for students and staff to celebrate one another on a routine basis. Our 5th grade student council with the help of 5th grade teacher Mrs. La Pointe is helping distribute the post cards each week to students and staff.
The postcards are kind and heartfelt. We have so many wonderful humans here at Kegonsa.
Check out our Marigold MailBox in our front entryway and please drop in a postcard.