Are you a bucket FILLER or a bucket DIPPER? Yesterday, we read a book called Have You Filled a Bucket Today? It was written by Carol McCloud and illustrated by David Messing. This book was about filling people’s invisible buckets. We BET you are wondering what in the world an INVISIBLE bucket is! Each of us has a bucket and this bucket has only one purpose. Our buckets hold all our good thoughts and feelings about ourselves. We feel great when our buckets are FULL and glum when our buckets are empty.
To be a bucket FILLER means that you are a kind person who does caring things for OTHER people! If you are a bucket DIPPER, on the other hand, your actions make people feel badly. This might mean that you hurt people’s feelings … or that you are bullying them. You might be thinking that you can fill your OWN bucket, but the author tells us that the only way to FILL your own bucket is to do good deeds for OTHER people. When you do this, you fill THEIR buckets … and it makes you feel GOOD inside. This ALSO helps to fill your own bucket!
We have been reading about “quiet” Change Makers around the world because we are interested in making changes ourselves. As we wait for our NEXT Skype with Ashli to hear all about how the Q’enqo community is doing with their new library, and how Mosqoy is doing with their Capacity Building, we have learned a LOT about adults and children who are GLOBAL Citizens … making a difference in other people’s lives. They are filling invisible BUCKETS!
“Do you know how to fill a bucket? A kind young lady did … by doing an ARK … for her friend’s birthday! You probably don’t believe it, but in our story a lady bought birthday cakes for ANNONYMOUS people! When she asked the ladies at the cash register if she could have permission to pay for other people ahead of time, they said ‘No! We will get FIRED!” So, that night, she phoned BOTH managers and … they both said YES! The next morning, the lady went back to the same bakery. One lady remembered her, but the other did not. She explained how the manager said “yes”. So, she began paying for a random number of cakes … for people she didn’t even know! Now THAT’S filling a bucket!” ~Damian, Brenden, Natasha and Mya
“Bob is a man that inspires kids to read books. The kids want to read the same books that Bob is reading. After he is finished reading, the kids go to the library to sign out the books he has volunteered to read to them. He reads books to grades 3 to 5. This is why he is a huge change maker because he tries to inspire kids to read books. He tells them that books are important in life. He thinks that books are important because they can help you to write and get a job. Bob is an every day hero. He shares his time to help kids read. Bob is a bucket filler, not a bucket dipper.” ~Kaylee, Jesse, Julia and Zahra
“Can you believe that a FIVE year old girl is a change maker? Today, we read about Hannah Taylor. Hannah was walking down the street and saw a homeless man eating out of a garbage can. Hannah was very surprised. She felt very sad for the man. One glorious day Hannah skipped to school and she thought of a solution. She saw a homeless woman pushing her belongings in a cart. Hannah wanted to make a difference. She got really into ladybugs, so she created the ladybug jars. She painted baby food jars like ladybugs and put them places like businesses to collect money to help these homeless people. Five years later, she had raised $500, 000 for the “Ladybug Foundation” This foundation helped to build an addition on a building to make room for more beds for homeless people. They call it “Hannah’s Place”! We never knew that a five year old could make a difference in the world!” ~Elijah, Eric and Alexia
“We read about a man who helped an extremely old lady. The old lady sat on a noisy bus in India. The man saw that the old lady was upset by the loud noise. So, the man lent his earphones to the annoyed old lady. Of course the lady didn’t understand English because she was from India. The man stopped the music to see if the lady was enjoying it. She said “Ye badhiya he! Chalu rakho!” In English, that means “This is awesome! Keep it going!” We think that the man is a bucket filler because he helped the lady by sharing his earphones. Bucket filling is making a difference in other people’s lives!” ~Tormod, Henrik and Martin
“Imagine walking into a cafe and the waiter asks you “How much do you want to pay for your food?” Well, that’s what happens in Cafe 180, in Denver! Today, we read a story about Cathy Matthews, who let’s every customer choose what they want to pay for their meal. All the money goes to making the food. If you pay one dollar for a pie, you can clean dishes or help set the tables to help pay for the rest of the money you owe! If you are not homeless, you can pay more than you have to. One worker, Ellie Mae, says she does everything Cathy Matthews asks her to do. Bob, who lives just down the street from Cafe 180, says it’s not something I have to do, but I do it cuz I can! We think Cathy fills buckets because she is caring, full of kindness and uses common sense with the customers. She is a bucket filler!” ~Sophie H., Ava and Rijul
“Today, we read about a man that paid for some groceries that were not even HIS! The groceries were an elderly lady’s and she was walking as slow as a turtle. He found her when he was walking at lunch time. Then, he saw her walk into Iceland, (a store like Safeway or SuperStore). He started to walk after her to help her. He felt a little strange so he continued walking. He saw her getting groceries, putting them on to a “push chair” she was using. She was probably too poor to have a walker to push. He went to the check out and started explaining that he was giving the clerk money for her. When he was done explaining, the cashier looked confused. So, the cashier called a colleague and they explained it again. They finally got the idea. He hoped that the surprise would put a smile on the elderly lady’s face. A few days later, he went back at lunch time to see how she was doing. She was doing well and it made him smile. Make sure YOU make someone’s day!” ~Larissa, Galen and Jun
“What if you bumped into a stranger and he gave you some flowers? How would you feel? We would be thankful! It would fill our buckets for the day! When you do something for others you also feel GOOD inside. You’d fill their bucket and yours TOO! Yesterday, we read an article. it was called The Fun of Giving Free Flowers. It was about a man who gave a bunch of flowers to a total stranger – a young mother and her child. The man who gave her the flowers felt so good about his ARK, (Act of Random Kindness), that he decided to do it again the FOLLOWING month! We think that the man was not just filling HIS bucket by helping someone else … he was filling the STRANGER’S bucket TOO!” ~Zack, Max, Thalia, and Sophie G.
On the news, at lunch today, Mrs. Renton heard about Mayor Nenshi and HIS challenge for CALGARY! She told us all about it … and we checked out HIS blog! The challenge is called The 20 Minute Makeover! His 20 minute challenge encourages Calgarians to pick up garbage in their community for just 20 minutes between June 6th and 9th. In Mayor Nenshi’s words:
“If one in four Calgarians takes 20 minutes to pick up litter, we will invest 5,000,000 minutes, 83,333 hours,or 2,222 work days cleaning up our city. That’s a major makeover! If each of us gives just 20 minutes picking up litter in public spaces, we will all benefit from a cleaner, safer city.”
We don’t know about YOU … but … many of us think that when we hear many of stories being shared on the news, they make us feel kind of sad. Lots of us though, lately, have been noticing stories about Change Makers being shared on the television. At first we thought they might have just STARTED telling stories about quiet heroes … but now we realize that it’s because WE are paying more ATTENTION. We are drawn IN and it has become important to EACH of us. This morning, one of our Grade Three Bloggers came in and told us about some young people who are helping to build playgrounds in the poorer regions of Mexico. Guess what? She heard THIS on the news this morning!
- Have you ever read Carol McCloud’s “Have You Filled a Bucket Today”, or any of her OTHER bucket books? If so, what did you think?
- If YOU will take part in Mayor Nenshi’s 20 Minute Challenge. If you don’t live in Calgary, will you do your OWN 20 Minute Challenge?
- Are YOU paying more attention to the “quiet” change maker stories on the news?