Corcoran Students Create Tokens of Encouragement for Community
Published on 5/24/18
District News Corcoran High School
The Corcoran School Culture and Climate Team was focused on their monthly value: determination.
How could they encourage students and the greater community to persevere and keep their heads up when things are difficult?
How about by giving them a token of determination?
Over the holidays, the students’ focus on gratitude led them to make and deliver 600 holiday cards to local nursing home residents. They were touched at how much residents appreciated the gesture. Spanish teacher Lizdaimar Blanco, new to the Culture and Climate Team, suggested that the students partner with Meals on Wheels, where she had worked in the past.
“After some brainstorming, we came up with the idea of a token that would let the Meals on Wheels recipients know that the Corcoran family was sending them support and that someone was always thinking about them, even when they felt alone,” English teacher Carrie O’Connor explained.
Students watched videos to help them learn about why Meals on Wheels is such a meaningful organization, and they say they were touched by what they learned.
“We learned that Meals on Wheels helps people who aren’t able to get food for themselves,” sophomore Tateana Jackson explained. “But they also keep people company. Sometimes, the Meals on Wheels volunteers are the first people that a community member will see that day.”
Teachers organized a contest in which students submitted their designs for the tokens. As a team, the Culture and Climate Team talked about which ones best reflected their values, featured Corcoran The Family and showed quality artwork that would translate into a smaller printed form. Entries were narrowed down to four finalists, which were all printed in magnet and button form to be distributed.
“It means a lot to me to be part of something like this,” sophomore Anahja DeLee said. “It makes me feel like I’m contributing to a bigger cause, and it’s effortless to help. The project as a whole really shows that Corcoran as a community really does have family values and that we really care.”
Next up for the Culture and Climate Team? They will celebrate other values, like diversity; and they hope to arrange a campus cleanup. They will also help to design the school’s Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) plans for next school year.
“Our goal is to get our name out into the community in a very positive way,” Vice Principal Hugh Hogle said. “These kids are going to be the change agents we need in the community. They want to feel connected, and it’s really great to see them involved and engaged more than ever before.”
Keep up the great work, Cougars!