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Charles H. Lee Elementary
Azusa, CA
Lytle Creek Elementary
San Bernadino, CA
Ekstrand Elementary
San Dimas, CA
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San Dimas, CA

Charles H. Lee Elementary
Azusa, CA

Ekstrand Elementary
San Dimas, CA

Lytle Creek Elementary
San Bernadino, CA

 

During the school year, volunteers of Tzu Chi Foundation teach a diverse curriculum on the value of character education.

The Tzu Chi Education Team not only provides academic support, but also provides emotional support for students. With the Education Team’s consistent presence and compassion, students began to gain a sense of trust and security. The team designs a deep and engaging curriculum that caters to different grade levels in order to encourage children to internalize talents and help others with their talents. Using current and recent news stories for background knowledge, students are often inspired by the lessons and have positive reactions. Students begin to think to themselves, “If this person can overcome hard obstacles, we can do it too.”

In public schools, academics and test taking often overshadows character education. By teaching character education, the Tzu Chi Education Team hopes that children become morally and socially healthy adults and grow up with values and virtues. The character education program emphasizes that character counts by teaching children to see and experience things in a respectful way. The goal of the program is to lessen violence at elementary schools and encourage students to think for themselves. The Tzu Chi Education Team hopes to build student awareness of character education and learn to not only take care of people but also the Earth.
 
 

Working with the school, the Tzu Chi Education Foundation staff and volunteers organized and implemented a mentoring and tutoring program where volunteers consistently tutor at risk students each week. School teachers use consistent verbal and written communication with the Tzu Chi Education Foundation team to develop a mentoring and tutoring program best suited for each individual student. During the mentoring and tutoring program, the team helps the student with schoolwork and social interaction. By providing one on one tutoring to students with academic needs and/or facing hardships in life, the volunteer becomes a consistent adult figure in the student’s life. Weekly, after the program, the Tzu Chi volunteer or tutor reflects with the school teacher on what was accomplished and how they felt about it. To facilitate continuous improvement, right after the session, the Tzu Chi Education Team holds debriefing meetings to evaluate the students’ progress and share ideas on how to better help each student. After the meeting, student progress is promptly shared with the school staff.


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