RagCoatFor the next two months, the TZE’s Character Education Program will focus on CARING. Caring is displaying kindness and concern for others. We will teach, encourage and experience simple acts of caring. Through:

  • Encouraging more kind behavior
  • Increase peer acceptance
  • Foster a sense of belonging and self-worth
  • Develop understandings of different perspectives

in order to create an endless ripple.


This video tracks an act of kindness as its passed from one individual to the next and manages to boomerang back to the person who set it into motion. It supports the theory that when you make others smile, you smile and become happy too. Over the next few weeks, students will have the opportunity to participate and experience the following activities:

  1. Resolutions
  2. Jump Rope for Heart
  3. Coat Drive
  4. Valentine’s Day
  5. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
  6. Shared Reading – The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

Listen to the audio only and see if you can match key words to the illustrations – The Rag Coat PowerPoint.

The Rag Coat is about a girl named Minna who tells the story of how she learned that people need each other.  The book explains the need for caring families, caring neighborhoods, caring communities, and caring schools. It shows how history is a part of each of our lives and helps mold who we are through understanding the past. Today we will start our own “Rag Coat” with events from our lives to build a more caring world.


Think about your actions and how these actions can change the world. Identify a time in your life when you have been affected by caring individuals.  What impact did that have on you and how did it help you impact others?

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