Project Cornerstone

Category: Enrichment

Project Cornerstone gives our children tools to handle difficult, but often common social & growing-up challenges.

Cumberland is happy to announce that we will be participating in our 8th year of Project Cornerstone for the 2017-2018 school year! Project Cornerstone was created in Silicon Valley in 2004 to help children develop critical developmental characteristics that will help them thrive. It has grown from one school to 130 schools in the Bay Area, and reaches over 50,000 children each month.

As part of the program, parent volunteers read a short picture book in every classroom at Cumberland each month, then lead various activities, crafts, and discussions. The books and accompanying activities help give students the tools to handle common issues such as bullying, fitting in, and low self esteem. The tools include peaceful conflict resolution, decision-making skills, healthy lifestyle choices, culture confidence and much more.

Empathy is the Project Cornerstone theme for the 2017-18 school year, and we are sure your kids will enjoy the books and activities that we have planned.



List of Books for 1st-5th Grades:

  • Friends to the End for Kids by Bradley Trevor Greive
  • Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
  • BIG by Coleen Paratore
  • When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang
  • Ruby Bridges Goes to Schoo l-- My True Story by Ruby Bridges (K-2nd) and Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (3rd-5th grade)
  • How Do I Stand in Your Shoes? By Susan DeBell, Ph.D.
  • Sebastian's Roller Skates by Joan de Deu Prats
  • Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco


List of Books for Kindergarten Classes:

  • Listen and Learn by Cheri J Meiners
  • Join In & Play by Cheri J Meiners
  • One by Kathryn Otoshi
  • Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud
  • Simon's Hook by Karen G. Burnett
  • Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis
  • The OK Book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal


For more information about volunteering for Project Cornerstone at Cumberland, please email