Riverside, California 2021-01-14 18:04:37 –
Students who feel lonely and different now have a place where they feel they are participating in the Moses Menger Elementary in a club where you are not alone.
Melanie Hind Counselor started the group on Wednesday after the fifth grader came to her and said she wanted to make a difference.
“She taught me how to be bullied and abused in my previous school, but I felt very welcome here and created a strong support group,” Hinds said. “She didn’t want young students to feel her way alone, so she wanted to share it with others.”
The fifth grade wanted to let other children know if they were interested in something they weren’t interested in. It’s okay and someone could have similar interests.
At the first meeting, the students worked on their self-esteem by drawing pictures of when they felt happy in their lives. Students who feel comfortable enough will share their drawings with the group.
“We were able to see connections between people who didn’t really know each other,” Hinds said. “It was great because someone talks about a picture of the day they had a dog and others say they have a dog and compare the dog stories.”
According to Hands, most of the participating students are not extroverts, so it was great for her to see them make connections.
“It was like our’meeting of acquaintances’, and we’ll continue it for another seven weeks,” Hinds said. “It’s after school. Any student in grades 2-5 can participate.”
Mr Hands said he wants the students to be confident that they may be different, but it’s good to be different.
“I want them to feel good about who they are, but most importantly, they want to develop that empathy to reach out and help others,” Hinds said. .. “My 5th grade kids behave like mentors for these young kids. This is a very interesting and dynamic thing. But young kids have people they can respect and tell them. I’m really happy to see someone give me. It’s special and important. “
Some of the activities Hinds want to try at future meetings deal with ways to reconstruct their thoughts, build relationships with each other, and gain confidence during stressful times.
“In the tough times as usual, it can be difficult to understand how good things are,” Hinds said. “I know one of the things I want to do. I don’t even know the name of the activity, but all the kids line up and say,” Okay, Superman on the left, Batman on the right. ” ‘Next, you need to decide who you like best and choose between them. It’s just to make it look good so that people can see that they like the same thing. “
Students wishing to participate must obtain a permit signed by their parents. The form is available at the Hinds office.
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