School Counseling at Van Buren Elementary


Hello! I'm Mrs. Stephanie Manning, and I'm the School Counselor and RCB (Redirecting Children's Behavior) Parenting Coach at Van Buren Elementary, and I love my job!

At Van Buren Elementary, we are bucket fillers! 

Based on the book, "Have You Filled A Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud, Van Buren Elementary has been a Bucket Filler school since the 2012-2013 school year. Wondering what that means? We're glad you asked!

From their website, bucketfillers101.org, the author and her team describe bucket filling this way: 

In a new twist on the Golden Rule, the Bucket Fillers’ books and presentations explain that we all carry an invisible bucket in which we keep our good thoughts and feelings. When our buckets are full, we are happy; when they are empty, we are sad. It’s important to know that we can fill our own bucket and so can others. We can also dip into it.

"Bucket fillers" are those who help without being asked, give hugs and compliments, and generally spread their love and good feelings to others. The simple metaphor of a bucket helps even preschoolers understand the importance of consideration and love, particularly towards those who bully. People who "dip" into our bucket often rob us of happy feelings by refusing to help with a task or by saying or doing cruel things. The challenge of "bullying" or "bucket dipping" usually rears its ugly head in the first few weeks of school and is often contagious. Why not address it in a positive, concrete manner through our books or presentations?