Leaders at The Beach Company and Memminger Elementary School in Charleston have partnered for the #empathyforall campaign that will continue during the upcoming year.
The campaign began with an assembly based at the school. At the assembly, each student wore his or her new #empathyforall T-shirt, which The Beach Company provided.
For the campaign, students, staff, and faculty will wear their shirts to remind themselves and others to continue changing the world by changing themselves first.
The program, which is established on research and data, is for students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. It is meant to help students improve their social success while reducing problem behaviors. This is to be accomplished through encouraging social-emotional self-regulation and aptitude.
Empathy is included in the social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum at Memminger Elementary. It is the only school located in Charleston County that is teaching as well as implementing its SEL curriculum for the third consecutive year.
Studies show that social awareness will improve students’ empathy, considering situations from different perspectives, choosing to “walk in their shoes,” and thinking of another person’s feelings. Students with empathy have higher chances of being accepted by their peers, academically successful, less aggressive, socially skilled, and emotionally supportive of others.