Project Cornerstone
Asset Building Champions (ABC) Program

What is the Project Cornerstone ABC Program?

doodleThe Project Cornerstone ABC Program is a literature-based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, and refusing to participate in gossip. Volunteers read specially selected books then lead discussions and activities that help teach valuable lessons related to these issues.

The program's goal is to help school communities achieve the following:

  • Create a common language about student respect and behavior expectations among students, parents and caregivers, teachers and staff.
  • Help students develop skills to handle physical, verbal, relational and digital bully behaviors and to STAND UP if they see someone else being teased.
  • Increase the number of caring adults on campus so that all students feel that there is at least one adult they can turn to if they have a problem.
  • Contribute to a positive school climate where every student feels valued and supported.

The ABC Program is Project Cornerstone’s most popular program … and it is continuing to grow! Ask your friends about it. The ABC program reaches over 400 schools, including several in our own school district. Imagine the impact that it is having!

ABC Program at Bubb

This is our sixth year as a “Cornerstone” school!  Thanks to all of our parent volunteers, our students have learned valuable life-skills that they can use in the classroom, on the playground, and at home.  The principal and teachers have noticed a considerable drop in number of behavior issues that need to be escalated to the office. Creating a common language and a “tool belt” of strategies for identifying, naming and resolving issues has empowered students to resolve more of their own issues and has made it easier for teachers to address issues when they do come up.

The feedback from parents, staff and teachers at Bubb has been very positive and we continue to improve the program based on suggestions from parents and staff. Here are some of the comments from staff, students, and volunteer readers:

"We all are using a common language and can work on dealing with teasing and problems in the same way."

"The books were fun and the activities really helped hammer the lesson home."

"It is nice to have parents involved and reading in the classroom. The kids love that."

Learn More

Have you been stumped when you kids say “he dipped into my bucket”?  Or “don’t take the hook”?  These expressions are straight from the ABC stories.

We encourage all of our Bubb parents to learn more about the program, the lessons, and the “lingo” by:

  • Reading the monthly book summaries in the bulletin and on the web page
  • Reviewing the Project Cornerstone letter/email that is sent home after each lesson
  • Asking your kids!!

These lessons are packed full of tools that parents can use at home too.

ABC Program Books

The ABC program is a cumulative program spanning 3 years, so this year we will be reading 8 new books from 'Champion Year C'. Multiple copies of all the books are now available in the library thanks to the funding from the PTA. Below is the list of books we will use for the 2017-18 school year:

  1. Friends to the End for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive

  2. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

  3. Big by Coleen Paratore

  4. When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang

  5. Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges and Ruby Bridges Goes to School by Ruby Bridges

  6. How Do I Stand in Your Shoes? By Susan DeBell, Ph.D.

  7. Sebastian’s Roller Skates by Joan de Déu Prats

  8. Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

  9. Who Moved My Cheese for Kids by Dr. Spencer Johnson & Christian Johnson (Special End-Of-Year Book For All Fifth Graders)

A summary of the Project Cornerstone events and books will be included in the bulletin and will be posted monthly.

How to get involved

Spending an hour in your child's class can make a world of difference!  It's a great opportunity for moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and family friends to support children in a meaningful way.  Training, books, discussion topics, and classroom activities are provided.  Volunteer commitment is approximately 3 hours/month for the eight months.

  • ONE volunteer from each Room must:
    • attend monthly book training (1 hour on the first Wednesday of the month, 8-9 a.m., at Bubb)
  • ALL volunteers must:
    • prepare for their lessons in their private time (45 - 60 minutes)
    • read book, discuss topic, and lead activity in class (45 - 60 minutes)
  • NEW volunteers must:
    • attend a one-time Assets 101 training session (2 hours, scheduled at Bubb)
    • complete a Project Cornerstone/YMCA volunteer application (3 minutes, online)

Get Involved – Become a Volunteer Reader!

To become a volunteer or for more information, contact Monica Teicher, Carol Huang and Shawn Shahin our 2017-18 co-leads, at

Project Cornerstone Readers' Corner (for PC Readers)