SLES Targets Good Choices with Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. Program

Students at Southern Local Elementary School will get some lessons in making good choices through the Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S. program starting this month.


    Kelly Bear C.A.R.E.S., or Character and Resilience Education Skills, is an annual program geared towards kindergarteners to help enhance their total development and prevent problem behaviors by promoting 12 key skills: self-awareness and self-respect, emotional understanding of self and others, social competence and constructive peer relationships, self-control, empathy and kindness towards others, problem solving and anger management skills, respect for individual differences, healthy living choices, perseverance and resiliency, refusal skills, personal safety and character traits such as honesty and responsibility.


   SLES Guidance Counselor Larry Rudloff said School Resource Officer Deputy Chase Askounes will visit the classrooms each week from Feb. 19 to April 9 as part of the program. Students will be treated to a video on Mondays and Deputy Askounes will appear each Wednesday to discuss a corresponding theme.


   “The overall goal is to prevent behavioral problems with kids by teaching them the essential skills to promote healthy development,” Rudloff added. 


    He explained that the classes will learn such behaviors as politeness, helpfulness and sharing; health topics including exercise, nutrition, cleanliness, proper sleep and positive ways to express feelings; and safety at home and school.