D123 Empathy Week Starts May 13

Empathy Week is May 13 through May 17

Have you ever tried walking in someone else’s shoes? 

Empathy is an important concept to teach students as they better understand how to treat others, identify emotions, and talk through feelings.

The district’s Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) team planned a week of themed days to recognize Empathy Week, May 13-17, focusing on “walking in someone else’s shoes.” Each school will have displays of different shoes decorated by the students. 

Teachers will also use empathy prompts in community circles throughout the week. An example of the questions will be "You are on the playground and you see someone get pushed down on the ground. Put yourself in their shoes. How would you feel? What could you do to help?"

The following is a list of spirit days for Empathy Week.

Monday, May 13
Spirit Day: Work together to show empathy. Wear your school or PBIS gear.

Tuesday, May 14
Hawaiian Day: Just like flowers, everyone is different. Wear your favorite summer gear.

Wednesday, May 15
Tie Day: Empathy “ties” us together. Wear your favorite tie, bow tie, or tie-dye.

Thursday, May 16
Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes Day: See the world in someone else’s shoes. Wear your favorite shoes.

Friday, May 17
Sports Day: Work as a team in your class to show empathy! Wear your favorite sports gear.

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