Ben’s Bells murals serve as a great visual reminder to 'be kind' and symbolize community connection, and support through kindness, while adding beauty to the community. Murals are located across the District and other locations in southern Arizona including businesses and community areas. Each mural includes handmade ceramic tile, recycled donated tile, and mirror chunks so the viewer can look into the mural and feel empowered to be the one who can choose to ‘be kind’. Students raised all funds for the project and created all mosaic tiles. Parent volunteers assisted with the construction of each mosaic mural.
DeGrazia Elementary participates in a Social Emotional program called Sanford Harmony. This program encourages the learning of social skills for all grade levels by a system of “buddying up” so that children work together in cooperative ways. Students will also be led in a daily “class meeting” by their teacher so that skills can be taught and classroom situations can be addressed. Our hopes with this program is that our students become a more well-rounded part of the school society.
MUSD schools promote a positive school climate at each school through a District-wide integrated behavior system, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS, is instrumental in teaching students respect, responsibility, and accountability from an early age. As part of PBIS, every school establishes clear expectations for the behavior expected in all classrooms and areas of school. Ben’s Bells along with other school-wide programs such as Peaceful Playgrounds and Healthy Play promote a positive school climate.