“Fill the Bucket Week” Culminates With T-Shirt Design Competition

Lincoln Elementary School students and staff celebrate grand-prize winner, fourth grader Drew Beebe (front and center in the photo), whose drawing graces the school's "Fill the Bucket" t-shirts.

JAMESTOWN – A Lincoln Elementary School fourth grader has won a t-shirt design contest that is based around being kind to others.

Drew Beebe was inspired by the school’s “Fill the Bucket Week,” which promotes kindness and making others feel good about themselves by “filling their buckets” with compliments, praise, and inclusion. 

“I think my drawing on the t-shirt may be a good example of fixing who might be sad or lonely by being kind,” said Drew. “I was so surprised and proud that my drawing won the contest. It is important to be kind and help someone feel better. We can make a bad world a good world if we just love each other.”

This year, the Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) couldn’t run due to complications, so the Lincoln Reading Team created a one-week theme based on the children’s book, Have You Filled the Bucket Today?: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids.

According to Lincoln Elementary Principal Katie Russo, “We have seen many acts of kindness and bucket filling from so many of our students. We used the phrase ‘be a bucket filler’ for all the weeks after and kids tried their best to show that kindness to others.”

When asked what made Drew’s work worthy of being put on a t-shirt, Russo responded, “Drew’s picture was chosen because it embodies the spirit and the lesson of the week. Helping someone feel better is really what bucket filling is all about. Drew is a kid that goes out of his way to do that and we wanted to recognize that.”

Next school year, “Fill the Bucket Week” will be held in October, which is also National Bullying Prevention Month. The school plans on running the contest again and hope that all students will purchase a shirt.


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