Elementary school is an important time for the social development of children, as they identify the qualities of themselves and their classmates. Friendships are developed that may last a lifetime. CUSD wants to promote some of the key qualities of being a good friend through real-life examples, so we asked a simple question- What does it mean to be a friend?
We identified five key characteristics of a good friend, and asked parents to share stories of how their children exemplified these qualities or how they convey the importance of these qualities to their children.
Each week in May, we will focus on one of these characteristics and share examples provided by CUSD families. If you have any examples of your own, share them on social media with the hashtag #beafriendCUSD. We can all learn from one another,, making CUSD an even friendlier place.
Friends accept differences
Everyone is different and unique, and while friendships are strengthened with similarities and mutual interests, understanding and accepting the differences of others make friendships even better. A friend doesn’t dismiss someone for their differences. A friend aims to treat everyone the same and embrace differences of others to learn more about them. A friend stands up for someone who is being mistreated based on their differences and wants to make them feel comfortable and safe.