Project Cornerstone update for all parents
Tue, Nov 29 2:25pm
West Valley Elementary

Dear Parents/Guardians:


During November Project Cornerstone parent volunteers will be reading in your child’s classroom the bookDon’t Laugh At Me” by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin.

This book is designed to promote understanding and acceptance of individual differences. We all share a common need to be valued, respected and accepted despite differences such as wearing glasses, being a different size, or using a wheelchair, and classroom discussions included reflecting on how it feels to be targeted by others because we don’t fit in.

The goals were to help the students understand the hurtful effects of ridicule, name-calling, bullying, and intolerance, and to discuss ways to create a positive school environment: the many ways they can be UPstanders!


When discussing the book with your child, you can reinforce the message by:

  • Brainstorm ideas for “intentional acts of caring” towards family, friends and neighbors, and implement one or two!
  • Role-play ways to de-escalate conversations using a calm tone of voice, positive words, and comforting body language.

By teaching our children the importance of accepting others and sharing intentional acts of caring, we create a stronger school community where all students feel safe and know that they belong.


Thank you for your support!

If you would like more information about Project Cornerstone would like to volunteer to read in the classroom, please contact one of the Project Cornerstone leads.