Sward Students Color Outside the Lines

Sward students and their buddies color the wall

Sward students and their buddies color the wall

As part of a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) celebration, students at Sward School were encouraged to add some color to the walls of the school.
All day, a large mural was up in the hallway with our district’s word of the year, “inspire” written across it – kids could come up all day and color a portion of the wall until it was filled.
“We know that students always look forward to working with their buddies. We played around with ideas that students of all ages would enjoy. Coloring seemed like a great way for buddies to bond and it was partnered with a fun idea I saw on a former colleague’s bulletin board,” said Principal Candice Kramer.
Though the activity was meant for fun, Kramer hopes the students see the bigger picture when it comes to coloring a wall of the school.
“This special day was meant to partner a fun activity to celebrate our successes and a community builder. From what started out as a blank piece of paper, students created a colorful masterpiece. Every child played a part. This is a small representation of how they can work together to build a beautiful, colorful world,” she said.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports or PBIS is a program that helps schools to place an emphasis on the positive occurrences here through being clear about expectations and getting everyone involved in what it looks like to be respectful, responsible, and safe.