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Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone

Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program


at Silver Oak Elementary


"Create a Safe and Caring Community for All, Foster Connection, Belonging and Support."


What is the Project Cornerstone ABC Program?


ABC is Project Cornerstone's most popular program, with more than 2,800 adults reading to 40,000+ kids in over 100 schools. The ABC Program is a literature-based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, and refusing to participate in gossip. Volunteers read specially selected books then lead discussions and activities that help teach valuable lessons related to these issues.


The program's goal is to help school communities achieve the following:


  • Create a common language and vocabulary about student respect and behavior expectations among all members of the school community — students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
  • Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bullying and to STAND UP if they see someone else being bullied.
  • Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
  • Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported to achieve and thrive.


ABC Program Books


During the school year, 8 books are read, once monthly (skipping December and June.)  The ABC program is a cumulative program spanning 3 years, so we repeat books every three years. During the 2014 - 2015 academic year we will be reading the “Champion” books, year C out of the A (Asset), B (Building), C (Champion) years. View the ABC Book List.


How to get involved


  • Spending an hour in your child's class can make a world of difference
  • It's a great opportunity for moms, dads, grandparents and family friends to support children in a meaningful way
  • Training, books, discussion topics, and classroom activities provided
  • Volunteer commitment is approximately 2 - 4 hours/month for the eight months
    • Complete a Project Cornerstone volunteer application online.
    • Initial Project Cornerstone Asset 101 training (2 hours) one time in the fall. See details on Project Cornerstone Training Website. On-site training session is to be scheduled
    • Mandatory 1 hour training each month on the book/activity for the month (1st Friday of the month 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. at Silver Oak School)
    • Classroom reading, discussion, and activity (~45 minutes)
    • Personal preparation (~30 – 60 minutes)


Get Involved – Become a Volunteer Reader!


Become a volunteer and empower a life. For more information, contact Vidya Rao at vidya_badami@yahoo.com or your child’s teacher. More information can be found on the Project Cornerstone website.