Third-grade bucket fillers are givers [UPDATED]Published 10:30am Thursday, April 26, 2012 Updated 12:31pm Thursday, April 26, 2012
After reading the “Third Grade Bucket Fillers” in the M.A.C. (McKinley, Adams and Cleveland) newsletter, Vicki Hanneman, a third-grade teacher at Cleveland Elementary, gave me permission to share the following article:
“To become an official bucket filler, one must be willing to help others do better and feel better. Bucket fillers even find themselves feeling happier as they help others. “Bucket fillers give compliments, see when help is needed and then help, have integrity, and are givers instead of takers.
“Upon hearing about the tornado disaster in Henryville, Indiana, especially the destruction of the schools, Ms. Vicki’s class got to work.
“The kids spent six recess sessions going through the classroom collection of books finding duplicates and then picking out the ‘best condition’ duplicate to send to Henryville.
“The classroom books happen to be books Ms. Vicki bought at rummage sales or used book fairs during the last 10 years; or they’ve come from used book donations; or are used books about to be thrown because they are being discarded from libraries.
“Everyone was very comfortable giving away the good duplicates to Henryville. Since there are still hundreds of books in the classroom collection, giving books to a needy school district made good sense.
“Once the books were collected, a label was attached to every book that said, “FF, MN Cares.” This stands for “Fergus Falls, Minnesota Cares.”
“The books were then packed up into four large boxes, addressed, taped up and the kids took turns pulling the cart out to Ms. Vicki’s car.
Ms. Vicki then mailed 104 pounds of books — actually 389 books — to Henryville on March 16. They arrived in Henryville on March 20.
“A program called “Rebuilding With Books,” recently began operating in the Henryville school district area, to help provide temporary classrooms and children with books since the school libraries had been destroyed.
So 27 third graders were happy that they had thought about donating books even before becoming aware of the book program.
“Smart kids! Smart bucket fillers! Thank you.”
Spring choral concert
Nearly 125 musicians from the college, community and Fergus Falls High School will combine their vocal and instrumental talents for the Spring Choral Concert at M State in Fergus Falls at 8 p.m. Thursday, in Legacy Hall.
The event, described by Director Teresa Ashworth as a major works concert, will feature members of M State’s Concert Choir, Voice Ensemble and Chamber Chorale.
Accompanying the vocal musicians in a performance of The Passion from Handel’s Messiah will be the Fergus Falls High School Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Laurie Strom.
Bike or Walk to Work
or School Week 2012
PartnerSHIP 4 Health is getting ready for the Bike or Walk to Work or School Week, scheduled Saturday, May 5 to Sunday, May 13. During the Fergus Falls City Council meeting, the Mayor declared May 5 to May 13 to be Bike or Walk to Work or School Week in Fergus Falls.
During this event, group photos with your coworkers or classmates are encouraged. For those of you who plan to ride a bicycle, please include your bicycle in the photo. If you can take a group photo with your employer’s or school’s sign that would also be appreciated! Please e-
mail the photo to email@example.com and/or post the photo to the facebook page (PartnerSHIP 4 Health).