'One Word' Impact
On Wednesday November 25th, founder Connor Archer revealed the next phase of the Courageous Steps 'One Word' Project, as he challenged the Veazie Community School to create a 'One Word' video. Principal Matthew Cyr accepted the challenge, as he will get the entire school involved, and will send the video to the Courageous Steps Project before the Holiday break. Stay tuned, as Archer will announce other schools getting involved with this project.
The Courageous Steps One Word Project video has been shared with many local groups in the surrounding communities. Examples include, the RSU 34 Staff on Thursday August 27th, 2015, the Old Town High School Freshman Class of 2019 on their first day of school, and the Orono Middle School students and staff on Monday November 9th, 2015.
Leonard Middle School staff in Old Town, ME also used a challenge that founder Connor Archer gave them at his keynote presentation over a year ago on Tuesday August 26th. Each staff member came up with a word that would describe them as an educator or person. Principal Jennifer Cyr, then put all the words into a Word It Out picture on the side. The staff then at the beginning of the year, hung their word up in their classroom, along with hanging up the word it out picture that they made online.
At Old Town Elementary School over a year ago, Kerri Kennedy, who teaches 3rd & 4th grade at the school shared with the Courageous Steps Project, what she had done in her classroom with 'One Word'. On the first day of school, Kennedy shared her word, and challenged the students in her classroom to do the same. Then she took photos of each student holding up their word on their slates. She also asked the parents of those students to come up with a word they'd use to describe their children. Kennedy then built a bulletin board to show how the students all bring something to our community and what happens when when students bring us all together. It's only one of many activities that have been done since the 'One Word' Project has begun over a year ago.