LIVERMORE — Livermore Elementary School students are being encouraged to exhibit positive behavior and fill a bucket with tickets every time they are nice to someone.

School guidance counselor Grace Eaton read the children’s book “Have You Filled A Bucket Today” by Carol McCloud to grades kindergarten through five.

The School Culture Committee put together a program that went along with what the book teaches. It “encourages positive behavior as children see how easy it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis,” according to the website: www.bucketfillers101.com/have-you-filled-a-bucket-today.php.

The program encourages caring, respect and honesty, student Kaylin Knowlton said. It also helps prevent bullying, she said.

Each child has an invisible bucket to fill.

Every time a child has been nice to someone else, a staff member put a ticket in a real bucket with the student’s name on it. Each month student names were drawn from the bucket to receive movie passes and everyone that had their name in the bucket for a kind deed received 15 minutes extra of recess, Eaton said Friday.

The program started in November and has spread to the students’ homes.

For the last two weeks, students have been wearing their yellow T-shirts promoting the program Fridays. “Respect” is written on the back of the shirt. The letters stand for responsibility, effort, spirit, pride, enthusiasm, courtesy and teamwork.

“It makes me feel good to help people,” student Jacob Crockett said.

Olivia Paine said she likes the feeling to invite someone to be her friend, especially if that person doesn’t have anyone to play with. She also likes the good feeling she gets when she compliments others.

“I like being a bucket-filler because you can say to all the people you’re my friend,” Brody Souther said.

It makes Kayla Adams feel good because she is making someone else happy, she said.

Trinity Chretien said it makes her feel happy to play with someone who may not have a friend.

“We have had positive reaction and feedback from both students and parents,” Culture Committee member Kelly Gilbert, a first-grade teacher, said. “The kids are super-excited to wear their T-shirts. Overall it has been very positive. It has excited them. I think we are moving in the a positive direction.”

Some parents have continued the idea at home, Eaton said.

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