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Project Cornerstone

Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program

ABC is Project Cornerstone’s effective parent engagement program. It is composed of a preschool and elementary school strand, with more than 3,544 adults reading to 64,454 kids in 155 schools. Volunteers are trained in the developmental assets model for positive youth development, and prepared to read a specially selected children’s book and lead related activities and discussions in classrooms each month. The program’s goal is to help school communities achieve the following:

  • Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
  • Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied. (Click here to learn more about bullying.)
  • Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
  • Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive. (Click here for more information about school climate.)

Book 1—Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

Book 2—Simon’s Hook

Book 3—Say Something

Book 4—Trouble Talk

Book 5—Nobody Knew What to Do

Book 6—The Empty Pot

Book 7—One

Book 8—Recess Queen

Book 8 (for 5th graders)—Who Moved My Cheese? for Kids