Embracing Kindness

  • Be Kind Mural on CTE Wall at entrance to Courtyard Coyote Trail Elementary School participates in kindness activities and assemblies throughout the year, with a daily reminder of kindness through a prominent Ben’s Bells “Be Kind Mosaic Mural” on campus.  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. 

    Kaya Glasner donating Buddy Bench Additionally, Coyote Trail proudly displays two "Buddy Benches" donated by Kaya Glasner, Marana High School student, who built them for the school while completing her Silver Award project for Girl Scout Troop 362. Kaya spent over 75 hours dedicated to the design, creation, and building of the two “Buddy Benches”. These beautifully crafted “We are Family!” and “Like a garden our friendship will Grow!” benches built with such love and care, provide a special place for elementary students to make new friends or sit together and share a moment of friendship, love, and kindness. Kaya surprised Coyote Trail Elementary students with her benches during a special school-wide assembly on March 2, 2018. 

    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.  

    Buddy Benches during the construction process:

    Construction of bench base  Sanding the bus benches smooth  Painting the benches  2nd Paw Print "Biddy Bench" on Coyote Trail Playground