For Teachers & Facilitators
The Make it Click program components, as detailed on our toolkit page, were originally designed to be implemented on a rolling basis (1-2 per month) over the course of a school year in a school setting. However, the program may be adapted to suit your needs and for any setting. You can use all of the materials, some of them, or none of them! It’s all based on your interests and needs.
Some helpful tips, based on our experiences:
Choose a leader for the program
Try to find a driving force to lead the program in the school, such as a teacher, club or group. If it’s a teacher, typically the art, music or gym teachers have the most flexibility to dedicate extra time. We also suggest trying to partner with an after-school club if possible to help with the Buckie Buckle play. The club will be able to help with setting up rehearsals and getting all the students together. During our implementation of the program, we used the Boys and Girls Club of America to help us.
Get support from the school
It is important to get the support from the school’s administration. If they are behind the program, they will be more likely to encourage the teachers to participate and be more willing to combine Make it Click events with other school wide events.
Combine the play with other school events
Try to combine the Buckie Buckle play with another school event (such as Open House, a parents’ night, etc.). It will help the play reach more of an audience. When we performed the play at one of our schools, it was combined with a night celebrating Black History Month and there were about 150 people present. When we performed the play at another school, it was not combined with another event and it brought in about 30 people.
Involve the younger kids too
The Buckie Buckle play (and the program as a whole) targets tweens, but younger kids can participate in the play too by holding the signs and yelling the quotes. We included younger kids in our plays in this way, and they were very enthusiastic.
Kids love competitions and prizes
Kids LOVE competitions and prizes, so these types of incentives should be incorporated if possible. When we ran the program in the schools, we had prizes for the Creativity Contest and the Belted in the Back Seat Challenge. For example, in the Belted in the Back Seat Challenge, we asked grade levels to compete against each other to see who had the most students buckled. We gave out trophies for the grades that had the most students buckled. For the Creativity Contest, we gave out prizes and ribbons for the top artwork. Our prizes consisted of very inexpensive gifts, ranging from basketballs, footballs, lip gloss, pens, etc.
Kids love recognition
Kids love recognition for jobs well done! If possible, take photos on the winners of the Creativity Contest and/or Belted in the Back Seat Challenge and display the photos in the hallways of the school or ask the teachers of the students to display them in the classroom. The students appreciated the recognition for their hard work on the projects. Another way is to hang the artwork from the Creativity Contest in the hallways of the school and to announce the winners during the morning announcements. This not only recognizes the participating students, but it also brings attention to the program’s message and all the students get that message.
Designate a mailbox for the program
It is important to see if the school will assign a designated mailbox for the program. It is easier for the information to be transferred between the teachers and program leader(s)/implementer(s).
The program is flexible to teachers’ needs
Teachers can assign the “in-class” materials a couple of different ways. They can designate the materials as in-class assignments, homework assignments or group work to be done in or out of the classroom. The program is flexible to the teacher’s needs.
MAKE IT FUN!!!
Most importantly, MAKE IT FUN!!!! Even though the point is to teach kids about car safety, most of the activities are pretty fun. The kids can be “tricked” into having fun while learning!