Thursday, January 5, 2012

Emphasis on the 40 Developmental Assets

Chadron Public Schools promotes the 40 Developmental Assets which address the eight areas of human development. The assets identify 40 positive experiences and qualities that all of us have the power to bring into the lives of children and youth. For many people, the assets have become a source of ideas and inspiration in the face of frustration and even despair.

This month, we want to take the time to emphasize the four assets that promote positive identity. In this posting I'd like to take the time to visit about Asset #37 - Personal Power.

Having personal power means understanding and accepting the things we can and can't control. When we feel empowered, we feel more confident to make our own choices - to get good grades, to participate in activities we enjoy, and take action to find solutions to problems.

Recently, our student body had several examples of good choices from raising money for our Mike Smith Assembly on Anti-Bullying, donating food for our food drive, and donating money to the local Shop-With-A-Cop program to buy needed clothing and gifts to children for Christmas. Another good choice our students made was the organization and participation in the celebration of filming our school Lip Dub before winter break.

I encourage our students and staff to continue to find ways to make good choices in serving others so that we can make a difference in the world which will continue to build our sense of personal power.