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Serve and Celebrate Others

As I watched them tear a building down
A gang of men in a busy town
With a ho-heave-ho, and a lusty yell
They swung a beam and the side wall fell
I asked the foreman, "Are these men skilled,
And the men you'd hire if you wanted to build?"
He gave a laugh and said, "No, indeed,
Just common labor is all I need."
"I can easily wreck in a day or two,
What builders have taken years to do."
And I thought to myself, as I went my way
Which of these roles have I tried to play'
Am I a builder who works with care,
Measuring life by rule and square?
Am I shaping my work to a well-made plan
Patiently doing the best I can,
Or am I a wrecker who walks to town
Content with the labor of tearing down?

Adapted from a poem, The Wreckers, by Franklin Benvegar

The staff and students of PAUSD will become a community of "builders" through investing in service and celebrations on behalf of others. We will positively impact peers, colleagues, and the broader community through human interaction and connections free of judgment and full of joy. Programs, groups, and individuals will be routinely celebrated for building people up through their actions, words, and kindness. Our shared commitment to celebrating our builders will allow for multiple layers of people to contribute at every level.

Key Strategies - Serve and Celebrate Others
          
  • Acknowledge and celebrate those who invest in others.
  • Commitment to building people up through positive interactions and assuming best intentions.
  • Encourage sites and organizations to use creative measures to model service and celebrate people for their contributions.
  • Reestablish volunteer opportunities on school sites.
  • Utilize the concepts of service, gratitude and celebration of others as paths to improved mental wellness.