Join the Bucket Brigade!

Can you imagine a 32-page picture book teaching children of all ages the benefits of kindness through the metaphor of a bucket?

Check out Carol McCloud’s “Bucket Books” for students from preschool through middle school. The series has taken off and become one of the most effective character development programs offered to all ages. That’s bucket filling and AAUW members had their first introduction to this seemingly simple concept at Summer Leadership at Cazenovia. Some lucky branches went home with buckets of their very own.  Bucket filling is not for children only.

Dr. Donald Clifton and his grandson, Tom Rath developed this bucket and dipper concept for corporate America.  Through his 50 years of research providing positive strategies for work and life, Dr. Clifton is considered “The Grandfather of Positive Psychology.” A bucket-filling branch is a great place to learn. A bucket-filling school is a place to grow and thrive.  A bucket-filling family is a great place to grow up.  A bucket-filling community is a great place to live.   These are places where kindness, respect, fairness, other-centeredness, responsibility, and generosity are part of daily life. Bucket filling is easy.  It doesn’t cost any money.  It doesn’t take much time.  It doesn’t matter how young or old you are. Bucket filling makes everyone feel good.

Contact your new BFF (Bucket Filling Fairy aka Joan Monk, AAUW NYS District Coordinator) to learn how your branch can start a bucket filling project and become part of AAUW NYS Bucket Brigade. You’ll be glad you did! Contact Joan at

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