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Hillside Elementary School Goes Green For Perseverance

Students Hillside Elementary went green last Friday for their Colored in Character Day.

For the month of January, Hillside Elementary School’s theme was perseverance and the importance of growing in the face of challenges. The theme was part of the growth mindset concept developed by Carol Dweck, a professor of Psychology at Stanford University, which advocates that a person's abilities and intelligence can be developed through practice, hard work, dedication, and motivation.

“Perseverance means when something doesn't work, you can always try again,” said Fiamma S. from Laura Groth's third grade class.

Every class at the school received a lesson on growth mindset from Hillside Elementary School guidance counselor Juliann Snyder. Teachers reinforce the concept throughout the year by focusing on perseverance and development.

"It is important to teach our children that life is full of challenges,” said Snyder. “Life never goes just like we plan and if our children are prepared to handle these challenges in stride, they will be much more successful in life.”

During Snyder’s lessons, students discuss the importance of perseverance, having a growth mindset when faced with challenges. Additionally, kindergarten and first grade students learned the importance of the word “yet” which focuses on the realization that some things are worth waiting for, and that those things take work.

“Even at such a young age, it is essential for us to teach our students that their intelligence can be grown or developed with persistence, effort, and a focus on learning,” said Snyder.

For students in Jaime Lynn Bragg’s first grade class, the message behind the lesson was clear and all agreed on what they learned.

“Never give up, keep trying, and persevere when things get hard,” they said.

Fiamma S. pictured with teachers dressed in green.