News Spreads About Bucket Fillers

Back in August I blogged about the Bucket Fillers project my second grader was involved in last year. Part of what had me so excited was that the entire second grade was planning on implementing the project for this academic year. But it got even better than just spreading in the one school. I shared it with some first grade teachers I was working with at Ravine Drive Elementary School in Matawan, NJ and they and their principal decided to implement Bucket Filling school wide.

Tuesday was my first visit there since I originally showed them our Animoto back in September. Here’s what I saw:

Bucket Fillers in the Classroom
Bucket Fillers by the Doors
Bucket Filler Suggestions
Bucket Fillers for the Administration and Office Staff
Bucket Fillers for Everyone - Even the Custodian

The teachers I spoke with at Ravine Drive Elementary School said that Bucket Filling was going very well. The students, grades K-3, were learning how to treat others nicely and fairly. The Principal even told me that being a Bucket Dipper was considered a major offense by students. Hat tip to Debra Skaar at Evergreen Elementary School for bringing this program to schools in the area.

6 thoughts on “News Spreads About Bucket Fillers

  1. This looks like such a simple yet effective way to get students into the mindset of building each other up rather than tearing each other down. So easy to criticize! I think there’s not only a lesson in this for other elementary schools, but for adults as well!

    1. Thanks for the comment Keith. I agree with you and that’s why I was so happy to see that they had buckets in the front office as well.

      Maybe Apple will come out with an app for this so we can leave each other things in our buckets – oh and Android too!

  2. Bob McNulty says:

    My son is a student at Eisenhower Intermediate School (grades 5 & 6) in Bridgewater. They are implementing the program school-wide this year. When I go to the school, I see evidence of the “message” everywhere. It is encouraging to see a strong, positive social message pervading the school environment.

  3. Amy Cornell says:

    As our PTA Youth Protection Chair I’d been looking for a project to encourage positive character development while also reducing bullying. I’m happy to report that our K through 5 elementary school will be kickstarting this program school-wide next month. The information you have provided has been amazing, thank you! I am wondering if you could suggest where to purchase the little plastic buckets that each child is given to hang on the bulletin board. So far I’ve only found tin pails and worry they might be too heavy. I will need approximately 1,200 so they can’t be too expensive. I’d be happy to hear suggestions for larger, light weight buckets for teachers as well. Thank you!

      1. Than you for supporting the bucketfilling philosophy. Just like the chicken and the egg, I wanted to mention that Bucketfillers For Life presents the original Bucketfilling School Program as developed by Merrill Lundgren, “The Bucket Man”. He brought Carol McCloud into his business around 2004 and she became so inspired that she wrote her wonderful book. So, if anyone is interested in learning about or enlisting the original program, I hope you will visit our web site. Also, we have some great supportive products such as buckets, pencils, posters etc. You can check them out at

        Thanks again for being a great bucketfiller and for spreading the news about the love and kindness that comes from living live as a bucketfiller!

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