GPS celebrates Be Safe — Stop.Think.Act

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In GPS Schools: Thursday, January 28, 2016

In the Community: Saturday, January 30, 2016

CT BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT. is one of many Social Emotional Learning activities organized by the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) this year as a way to promote a safe school climate by fostering social-emotional skills in our students and reinforcing the District Norms. The 2015- 2016 school year marks the second year of events celebrating the District Norms: Be Here, Be Safe, Be Honest, Care for Self and Others, Let Go and Move On. Using lesson plans developed by mental health professionals and teachers, schools across the District will participate in these Social Emotional Learning activities. This year, the program will expand into the community with the support of a grant from the Greenwich Alliance for Education.

The GPS Social Emotional Learning events and activities invite the entire community to Dare 2 Care.

On Thursday, January 28, a majority of students in the Greenwich Public Schools will celebrate BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT. in school. On Saturday, January 30, a community event will be held at Cos Cob Fire Station involving firefighters, police officers, and paramedics.

BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT. is a common initiative across grade levels to promote making responsible decisions in all areas of one’s life.

Students will:  

  • learn how to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions;  
  • learn a decision-making process and how to think about short- and long-term consequences;
  • discuss how making personal choices could benefit them in their personal lives, in the classroom, at home, and in the community;
  • and have the opportunity to show appreciation to our community members who keep us safeThe BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT. Day will be held across Greenwich Public Schools in classroom and group activities. In addition, on Saturday, January 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be a community event at Cos Cob Fire Station (200 East Putnam Avenue, Cos Cob, CT 06807).

    Parents and children can:  

  • Meet and greet the people that keep us safe: firefighters, police officers, and paramedics
  • Enjoy free coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies  
  • Explore fire and GEMS trucks, and police cars  
  • Get their picture taken and decorate their own frame  
  • Get safety tips from the experts  Leave with a great memory

The BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT. event is a meaningful initiative in two ways: First, it promotes personal safety by teaching the students a core social-emotional competency: responsible decision making. Second, it creates an opportunity to show gratitude and appreciation for our local firefighters, police officers, and paramedics; thereby reinforcing the District Norms.

Mental health professionals and teachers from many of the schools coordinated the event with the teachers, administrators and students in their respective schools. Lesson plans were disseminated structured around the theme BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT., encouraging teachers to implement them in their own creative ways. All school bus drivers will wear green tshirts with the BE SAFE – STOP.THINK.ACT. message, to raise awareness and increase visibility of the event. In addition, all teachers, staff and students in the GPS and at the Central Office are encouraged to wear the color GREEN on January 28, expressing their participation in the event.

About the Greenwich Alliance for Education (www.greenwichalliance.org) The Greenwich Alliance for Education mobilizes community resources to provide opportunities and services that foster educational success for all Greenwich Public Schools students. We define “educational success” for students as the ability to pursue further education and/or to work to support oneself after graduation.

 

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