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                                                       Tribes: An Overview

The TRIBES program at Thoreau was implemented to create a positive, safe climate in which the students can learn appropriate life skills and the basics of group interaction.

It consists of daily twenty-minute Tribes activities, which are based on the community Guidelines of mutual respect, attentive listening, showing appreciation, no put-downs, and the right to pass.  Students are schedule into multi-age groups consisting of thirteen members and one adult Tribes leader.  Students begin each day by participating in a community Circle where they can freely discuss matters of personal concern and relevance as well as school related issues.  This environment allows a close affinity to peers with whom they might not otherwise know. 

Intramurals are held during Tribes allowing competition between Tribal groups by participating in basketball, paper airplane contests, tug-of-war, four square and other physical activities and games.

Tribes has become one of the most successful components of Thoreau.  Tribal agreements permeate every aspect of the school day.  Students work in cooperative groups and are better able to handle and appreciate the demands of positive group interaction because they have learned to express themselves and their ideas.

This program has effectively bonded a myriad of personalities from every part of our city.  It has, without a doubt, provided our students a tool for growth and personal development.

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