A clique or cLic?
When you hear the word clique, what do you picture? The definition of the word clique reads, "a small group of people, with shared interests or other features in common, who spend time together". So far, that sounds pretty great, but the rest of the definition, "who do not readily allow others to join them.", may bring images of the popular high school girls, or the jocks that don't let anyone sit with them at lunch. That definition is the exact opposite of what our cLic is all about. With almost 40 years in education between us, many of which were also spent coaching various sports, we have seen several cliques come and go through the school hallways, classrooms, and lunchrooms. Cliques, even as young as 4th and 5th grade that are exclusive, hurtful, and even border on the line of bullying permeate our schools. Such cliques can lead to low self-esteem, academic and social failures and even suicide. Unfortunately, there will always be cliques like this. The good news, is that our cLic program with the help of amazing educators across the country, will bring the right cLic to your school. With a menu of program options for all grades, 4-12, you can choose the fit that will meet your specific district needs. Do you need more student involvement, student leadership, more positive student connections throughout the school or to get your students to go even greater to act locally and think globally? Clic is your answer. We can't wait to help you change your school culture, climate and community. Start today!
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Dan and Amy Allen are Educators and Advocates for Students.