Donation helps Nowlin implement social/emotional learning program

Adults and students pose in a Nowlin classroom after the Dearborn Education Foundation and DFCU Financial donated to the school.

Thanks to a generous donation, students at Nowlin Elementary are benefitting from new tools that help them with problem solving and preventing bullying.

Tools for implementing the Second Step Social-Emotional Learning program were donated by DFCU Financial and the Dearborn Education Foundation.  Second Step gives students the tools to help with emotion management, situational awareness and academic achievement.

“Before we implemented this program, I had six or seven visits to the office a day by students for fights and other social problems,” said Nowlin Principal Joshua Tynan. “Since Second Step, it has decreased these behaviors dramatically, and I don’t think I’ve had one fight this year.”

Second Step also provides elementary students with tools to prevent bullying, including how to recognize, report and rebuff bullying.

David Mustonen, director of Communications and Marketing for Dearborn Public Schools, sees a community benefit as well.

“When members of the community and parents ask, ‘What is Dearborn doing for a safe culture and climate?’ we can point to programs like these that help students ignore distractions, reinforce positive self-image, and manage frustration. That’s a big deal.”

The program is used by all grades at Nowlin and hopes are to transition it to middle school and high school classes.

“It’s so rewarding when we can make an impact on an entire school with our yearly grants,” said DFCU Branch Manager and VP Caryn Solferino. “Seeing the program in person really enhances our understanding of all we are doing and can do. DFCU is proud to do whatever we can to help students learn in this ever-changing environment.”