Gladden Farms 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.
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.