Middle School Program

Seasons of Respect –  Program Model Information

Project Respect

A 7th grade program to address the growing concern for children in middle school as they face challenges both academically and socially. These students also begin to explore and define who they want to be. By focusing on respect, we believe students will be more thoughtful about the ways their actions may impact others. Through this project, we aim to work with middle school students to explore the notion of respect and the impact of disrespect towards others.  With the growing use of technology and social media, children use these media without knowing, understanding, or thinking about how their comments and images may harm, offend or hurt others. 

Respect through the Arts: RAP

This project is an afterschool program for middle schools centered on exploring respect through the creative arts. The media we use will include writing, film and visual arts. Each lesson begins with an essential question focused on Respect. Students explore ideas of respect as it relates to self, others, the learning environment, community, and self-expression.

Project Respect Sessions and Brief Descriptions


Workshop #1 — What is Respect?

Students explore the meaning of RESPECT in the “Fishbowl”.


Workshop #2 — Using Empathy to Deal with Bullying

Students reflect and analyze the impact of bullying on their lives in school and the community, realize that there are no innocent bystanders and that each of them can help stop bullying, and become aware of why it is important to speak up and be an “Upstander”.


Workshop #3 — Conflict Resolution

Identify conflict resolution strategies and classify those strategies into categories they can all recognize:  “Dangerous Problem”, “It’s Too Much”, “Talk It Out”, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff”.


Workshop #4 — Understanding Peer Relations

Identify the importance of self-esteem and self-acceptance, and provide strategies to improve self-image.


Workshop #5 — Digital Citizenship: Using Social Media

Explore Communication and its role in our lives, and examine Social Media Etiquette.


Workshop #6 — Digital Citizenship: Cyber Bullying

Students examine cyber bullying and its impact, develop tips to identify cyber bullying, and help other students research the impact of this behavior in their school community.


Workshop #7 — Student Projects

Each school determines how student leave an imprint on the school community through what they learned with a class project to be determined by the 7th grade team.

Seasons of Respect Middle School Partners 2012/2013

Project Respect (7th Grade)

  • P. S. DuPont Middle School, Wilmington
  • Phillis Wheatley Middle, Bridgeville
  • John Basset Moore Intermediate, Smyrna
  • Louis L. Redding Middle, Middletown

Respect through the Arts Project (RAP)

  • P. S. DuPont Middle, Wilmington

Peer Mentoring Pilot Sites 2013

  • John M. Clayton Elementary, Frankford
  • Richardson Park Elementary, Wilmington

If you are interested in having Seasons of Respect in your school next year, please contact Joanna Carty, Connecting Generations’ Director of Seasons of Respect at 656.2122.17 or via email.