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Project Cornerstone

In 2017, Project Cornerstone was incorporated into the Social Emotional curriculum at Laurel.  Funded by our LCAP monies along with PTA funds, this program thrives at Laurel.  With the tremendous efforts of three parents who organize this project for the school and the many parent/community volunteers, Project Cornerstone was brought to "life" by  picture books  being read to students on a monthly schedule and Project Cornerstone lessons being infused into students' lives. 

Featured books for 2019-20 include:

  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • Friends to the End for Kids by Bradley Trevor Grieve
  • Big by Coleen Paratore
  • Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andrede
  • When Sophie Gets Angry, Really Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • Through My Eyes (Ruby Bridges) by Ruby Bridges
  • How Do I Stand in Your Shoes by Susan DeBell
  • Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

To learn more about Project Cornerstone, please see information below from the YMCA website or visit the Project Cornerstone website.


Project Cornerstone is building a community where all adults support children and teenagers so that they thrive. We work within the YMCA of Silicon Valley and more than 400 schools and community partners to influence the personal behavior of adults toward children and teens, strengthen youth-serving programs and impact public policy.

Our School Partnerships program is proven to create positive and caring school climates that support academic achievement. Schools that participate in our programs with a community-wide commitment show improved academic achievement, fewer behavior referrals and more students reporting a positive and caring school climate.
Our School Partnerships program empowers all members of the school community--students, parents and caregivers,teachers and staff—to reduce bullying, promote achievement and help all students feel valued and respected.

The programs are based on the research-proven developmental assets model and meet California Department of Education criteria for research-based youth development for the Safe and Drug Free Schools program. In addition, Project Cornerstone programs complement Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and align schoolwide efforts to improve climate by changing student behavior. Our parent engagement programs, ABC and Los Dichos, have all been aligned with Common Core Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills.

Schools that fully participate in our programs show improved academic achievement, fewer behavior referrals and more students reporting a positive and caring school climate.