During September SEL lessons, all students learned about the No Place for Hate program at BPE this year. To become a No Place for Hate recognized school, all students must sign the Resolution of Respect. We read and discussed this respect agreement prior to reading the book One by Kathryn Otoshi.
One tells the story of Blue, who is a quiet color. Blue gets picked on by Red, who is a bit of hot head. The other colors really like Blue and they don't like what they see, but they don't know how to help Blue. Then, One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. The book illustrates accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.
During the reading, students discussed and shared how the Resolution of Respect could have helped the characters feel safe and happy. After reading the book and reviewing the promises in Resolution of Respect, all students signed their class' respect contract.