Do you have two hours a month to connect with your child’s classmates and let them know that you are a caring adult who they can trust? If so, please volunteer to be a Project Cornerstone parent for your child’s class.
Project Cornerstone is a literature-based program, where parent volunteers read specially selected books and lead discussions and activities about important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors and refusing to participate in gossip. As a Graystone Cornerstone parent reader, you will attend a 30-minute training each month, where you will be introduced to the book of the month and ways of presenting the information to the students. You will then plan a 1-hour reading and activity for your child’s class.
Volunteers are trained in the developmental assets model for positive youth development, and the program’s goal is to help school communities achieve the following:
- Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
- Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
- Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
- Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive.
Graystone is one of 212 schools in Santa Clara County that takes part in Project Cornerstone’s effective parent engagement program. During the last school year, 4,900 Project Cornerstone parent volunteers reached more than 62,000 students throughout the county.
As a result, 94% of youth surveyed said that they had at least one caring adult at school that they trust if they have a problem. Furthermore, 92% of youth shared that they are more likely to speak up against bullying after going through the Project Cornerstone asset building program.
Project Cornerstone also has weekly arts and crafts projects during lunch for students, called Fun Visors. The Fun Visors activities are related to lessons and character assets presented in the classrooms by the parent readers.
If you are interested in volunteering as a Project Cornerstone reader please contact your child’s teacher or Halima Kazem-Stojanovic, the Project Cornerstone Committee Lead, at GraystoneCornerstone@gmail.com.