Creating a Caring Community

A caring environment is a precursor to a nonviolent society, tolerance of differences is a necessary component of a caring environment, and a caring environment reacts to a community problem. Staff and students of Newport Mill Middle School, recipient of one of ten 2007 National Schools of Character awards, share some ways to create a caring school community. Ellen Turverey, school counselor, and Beth Shevitz, seventh grade World Studies teacher at the Kensington, Md. school, share a lesson they developed that demonstrates how a news story can be the starting point to discuss social issues, traits that lead to a better society and how bad situations might be improved. Post and KidsPost articles and resources are provided.

Downloadable Lesson Plan PDF