New vibe on Concordia Elementary campus: ‘Dude, be nice!’
Rosie Eckert, 10, can attest that it pays to suppose massive and it pays to be good.
Her college, Concordia Elementary in San Clemente, will get it.
The college and its 600 college students united for a weeklong celebration of kindness, gratitude and inclusiveness, impressed by a Whittier attire firm known as “Dude. Be Nice.”
The firm’s founder, Brent Camalich, is a former San Clemente resident and good friend of the Eckert household.
Rosie, a member of the scholar council, considered movies of “Dude Be Nice” rallies held at faculties throughout the nation.
“It has been this dream of mine,” she stated.
When she took the concept to highschool, the scholar council didn’t want a lot convincing. Nor the PTA or the principal.
An thought unfolds
The consequence was that college students put collectively a weeklong curriculum. It included pupil assemblies and a day of recognition for campus supervisors who normally aren’t observed a lot as they watch over college students on the playground at lunch.
“We honored them with cookies and cards and a big presentation at lunch,” stated Melanie Garritson, a fifth-grade trainer who’s advisor to the scholar council.
There was Peer Appreciation Day. “We mixed up the kids so they met new people at lunch,” Garritson stated. “Nobody ate alone.”
The college students did a Spam and beef jerky drive, gathering some 100 cans and packets to donate to a Marine Corps battalion about to go away Camp Pendleton on deployment.
Principal Rob McKane described the Marines as “our neighbors.”
On the final day of the week, Friday, Feb. 9, the college held a rally, having picked out one employees member they agreed is “the heart and soul of Concordia.”
The college students showered Amy Fickling with love, testimonials and items, together with a pancake breakfast they ready for her household, who made a shock look.
Solidarity for a classmate
The largest occasion of Dude Be Nice Week wasn’t even deliberate. On Friday, Feb. 2, when the week’s actions already have been set, college officers have been saddened to study that Chase Walters, a 10-year-old pupil who has battled leukemia since kindergarten and had been in remission, must return to therapy.
Students and oldsters mobilized over the weekend. On Monday, Chase’s remaining day of faculty, the roadway onto campus was plastered stable with posters providing love and encouragement as Chase arrived, escorted by Sheriff’s deputies and the Orange County Fire Authority.
Mayor Tim Brown was there with a proclamation.
“We just put on a big rally to send Chase off to treatment with the knowledge that he is surrounded by the love and support of the community,” McKane stated. “It was a wonderful show of what this community is about.”
McKane stated the campus tradition already mirrored the values that Dude Be Nice Week teaches, so “this was really just a showcase.”
But he was impressed with how student-driven the week was. “I’ve never in my 10 years as an elementary school principal seen anything like this,” he stated.
What all of it means
“To me,” pupil council president Cole Mostert, 11, stated, “it’s just an amazing way to make everybody be kind and show it, throughout our school.”
“I learned that kindness should be a big part of every person’s life,” stated Daniel Beauchaine, 11. “Kindness spreads really fast. If you are kind, then everybody around you will probably be kind too.”
When the scholar council met to pick the guts and soul of Concordia, “no other name came up except Mrs. Fickling,” stated Haaken Quade, 11.
She is the workplace supervisor and, by all accounts, a lot, far more.
“Mrs. Fickling knows everyone’s name,” stated Kylie Marcisz, 11. “It’s amazing that she knows over 600 students’ names, and many of the parents’ names too. She’s always making everyone’s day great, too. She just cares about everyone.”
The epitome of ‘nice’
Camalich, who stated he began his firm 4 years in the past in Ventura to construct a model with coronary heart, visited Concordia Elementary two weeks earlier to scout the campus. He stated he was listening to optimistic tales about Mrs. Fickling earlier than he might even attain her desk.
He witnessed her magic as she delicately helped a pupil who had been “pooped on” by a seagull. Camalich informed the story on the ceremony honoring Mrs. Fickling.
“The way that you made him feel, ‘like it’s okay, there’s nothing to be embarrassed of, and it happens to everyone,’ it was truly a testament to you,” Camalich stated.
Mrs. Fickling stated the Friday present of adulation really caught her abruptly, “which is shocking, because how could those kids not give it away?”
“It was awesome,” she stated.
Spreading the love
Camalich stated his firm has produced occasions at about two-dozen faculties throughout the nation however hopes that extra faculties will do what Concordia did, “where they used our brand as a platform and a backbone and really created this ‘own’ experience themselves.”
His firm will submit a video of the San Clemente occasion at dudebenice.com.
“We film to show people how to do it,” Camalich stated. “Our videos have been seen now by more than 30 million people. We highlight good, positive stories and amazing things happening in communities all over the country.”