Connections Are Key To Supporting Social And Emotional Health
The pivotal role schools play in students' social-emotional wellbeing is on full display.
Reports of mental health crises have soared. Students lament the isolation from their peers and teachers. These have become the leading storylines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
If I have the relationship with the parents or the guardians that I need to have ... they're going to trust me with their babies [and] that I'm going to make the best decision for them, just like I would with my own children.
Carmon Arquette, Principal of Coeburn Primary School
Survey Reveals Students' Mental Health Ranks Top Concern
What's the biggest concern for teachers right now? The mental health of their students.
The SMART survey responses echo research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Anxiety and depression in children and adolescents have doubled since before the pandemic.
But, teachers are determined to foster strong connections with their students and families. Half of the respondents reported that their connections with students have actually improved.
Celebrating Students Motivates Community Connection
Coeburn Primary School addressed this need for connection head-on with Awesome Kid Day. The goal? To celebrate the joy and promise that a new school year brings.
Coeburn serves the families of rural, Appalachian Virginia. As a Title 1 school, Coeburn acts as a beacon of hope to the low-income families whose children fill its classrooms.
The staff at Coeburn are bound by a shared vision, one founded in the African proverb “it takes a village to raise a child.” Teachers and staff make it a priority to provide a safe, welcoming place for children to grow and learn.
Staff welcomes students to Awesome Kid Day. The event connects families, school staff, and students to celebrate the joy and hope of a new school year at Coeburn Primary School.
Amanda Blevins is the family engagement coordinator who first envisioned this annual celebration. To her, bringing together all the people involved in raising the children of the town is key.
“Whether they're a teacher, a parent, a coach, a neighbor, a principal, any positive role model, in that child's life determines what kind of adult they become,” Blevins said.
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Coeburn Primary School
Coeburn, Virginia, USA
In the heart of Jefferson National Forest, Coeburn Primary serves 410 students in grades PreK through 4. It's a Title I school with approximately 62% of students classified as economically disadvantaged.
Certified SMART Exemplary School
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Coeburn Primary uses Lumio activities daily to help students feel connected to their school and community. This lesson and many others are available for free in the #ConnectionsThatMatter lesson library.
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