Imagine a world where children and youth feel valued and thrive; where they have the necessary experiences and connections to develop the values essential to growing up as caring and responsible young people. This is the work of Silicon Valley's Project Cornerstone and its many community partners, which include Old Orchard School.
At Old Orchard, we are committed to providing children with much more than a challenging and engaging education. Our community of staff, faculty and parents work as a team to help our students learn to form and nurture lasting friendships, to find appropriate solutions to problems large and small, and establish deep connections across to their many communities - from their families and friends, to their school, neighborhoods, sports teams and scouting troops. Project Cornerstone is a key part of this effort at Old Orchard. The not-for-profit agency provides us with both direct hands-on support and training for our students, staff and parents, and provides us with a wealth of research-based resources and tools that allows us to meet our students' social, emotional and developmental needs.
Below is a condensed look at how Project Cornerstone works at Old Orchard School. We encourage you to visit the Cornerstone website to learn about this community-wide effort in far greater detail.
Project Cornerstone Parent volunteers facilitate a voluntary book club. Students will read and discuss approximately 7 books during the school year, have an opportunity to engage with a caring adult and develop positive peer relationships with their fellow students.
The Expect Respect Workshop is a 3-hour initial meeting designed to generate conversation and brainstorming around issues of school climate (Asset #5). Students talk about what they see and hear at school and brainstorm ways to make all kids feel safer and more cared for at school (Asset #8- Youth as Resources, #15-Positive Peer Influence, #10-Safety, #33- Interpersonal Competence).
ABC volunteers read specially selected children’s books and lead classroom activities and discussions focusing on important issues like respect, tolerance, peaceful conflict resolution, honesty, caring and friendship.
Project Cornerstone staff teams up with Old Orchard School to offer this annual parent workshop.
Cornerstone is a large undertaking with many partners and participants across Silicon Valley. We encourage you to explore Project Cornerstone's website, where you will find loads of information about the program and many useful resources.
Follow this link to learn about Developmental Assets.
Check out these idea sheets for both adults and children.
A variety of resources that you can read and download.