By Nicole Peterson
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” – H.E. Luccock
“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.” – Booker T. Washington
The list of quotes about teamwork and collaboration could go on and on. The staff at Crestwood, in unison with the PTO, are focusing on COLLABORATION vs. COMPETITION this year as we seek and model opportunities for our students to think bigger; bigger than themselves, bigger than their class, and bigger than Crestwood Elementary. We believe that when students share the mindset that ‘we are working together’ great things can happen. These ideas are connected to our school’s decision-making process. As we build opportunities throughout the year, we desire for students to build on the relationships and connections that they have with one another and promote the motto of Kids Helping Kids.
We seek to model collaboration for our students, as parents and staff work hand in hand to make great things possible for today and the tomorrows that lie ahead. Additional playground equipment focusing on team building has been purchased by the PTO. Supports have been added to focus on the social/emotional health of our students in the classroom. Finally, our PTO is working to spearhead the addition of a paved walking track for the school. The track will support a number of activities such as mileage club, creating a safe environment for PE activities, and our weekly school-wide walk. Each Tuesday morning, the school unifies to “walk together” for 10 minutes as a community. The walk supports physical fitness and builds a sense of community. For more information about the track, its benefits, and how to support this cause, visit www.crestwoodtrack.weebly.com.
The students at Crestwood unite with the Ram Buddies/Learning Buddies one time a week. The students meet to work on social skills, academic skills, and lessons around the value of the month. Students also have the opportunity to join with the Crestwood Cougar Dens, groups of 6-8 classrooms, to work on collaboration activities: making trail mix for Kids’ Food Basket, completing projects for the school and the Rockford Community, and activities related to our Empty Bowls Project and Giving Tree.
The life skills and employability of skills of teamwork and collaboration are important to growing Crestwood Kids of Character who are connected to the community. Ram Pride in All We Do!