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Stand Tall and Strong
The PAWS Program is a unique program unlike any other class. PAWS is basically a transition class to help the 5th graders adapt to life in the middle school and in adjusting to the changes between elementary school and their new environment. Part of the program is designed to work through the American Red Cross Basic Aide Training Course (BAT) which is an introductory first-aid and personal safety curriculum. The program is designed for children between the ages of 8-10 to teach them basic skills and knowledge necessary for children to identify and prevent potentially harmful situations, to be able to treat common injuries and to respond in emergency situations. The program emphasizes prevention to highlight its importance in reducing injuries. Each child is given a BAT workbook as part of the course.
Another aspect of this course focuses around various “project adventure” and team building activities. These activities and games are designed to teach the kids a number of objectives:
- To increase the student's sense of personal confidence.
- To increase mutual support and respect within a group.
- To develop an increased level of agility and physical coordination.
- To develop an increased joy in one’s physical self and in being with others.
Primarily, the activities are designed to help bring the students together as a group to build trust and to break down the artificial barriers between children as they separate themselves into groups of individuals. The concept of sharing and cooperation, as well as being able to accept the ideas and differences of others, is a primary focus in these courses.
Also incorporated in the PAWS curriculum, is the CASS (Creating a Safe School) program. High school mentors hold anti-bullying workshops to our 5th graders. Then, we are able to expand on these anti-bullying lessons and teach the children how to use these skills in their own lives.