Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury has three codes: Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful. When students are “caught” following the codes, they get small plastic fish and blue gems, which they put into a large fish tank. When the collection reaches the top of the fish tank, the students earn a schoolwide celebration. Last week, the celebration was a parade, focused on the school’s monthly theme of perseverance; past celebrations have included a winter carnival and a movie day. 

Students made signs on the theme of perseverance, with phrases like “You can do it!” “Just keep trying!” and “Don’t give up!” on display as they paraded around town from Thatcher Brook Primary School.

“This approach fosters a sense of community, as kids from preschool through fourth grade work together to reach a goal,” said Ashley Creighton, a student support specialist and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports coordinator at Thatcher Brook.