Arthur W Edwards Elementary is Anchored for Life!

Arthur W Edwards Elementary is Anchored for Life!

Students at Arthur W Edwards Elementary in Havelock are beginning an exciting new adventure thanks to the support of MCAS Cherry Point. The partnership between Craven County Schools and Cherry Point has a common goal to help our students become resilient when faced with challenges. To reach this common goal, the Anchored4LIfe program has recently been adopted by Arthur Edwards Elementary. This will give students the necessary tools and skills to manage difficult transitions such as braving parent deployment. The school of more than 600 students has over 70% military dependents. Being a child in the military comes with a variety of challenges. The Anchored4Life program was created to prepare students for these challenges. This unique program was originally developed by the Trevor Romain Company and the United States Navy to help young dependents. The framework was designed to work within schools to form connections, help with self esteem, ease transitions, and build leadership qualities not only for military dependents, but for all students.

Arthur Edwards recently received specialized training to learn how to implement the Anchored4Life program. The school has two teacher ambassadors that provide assistance in this student lead initiative. The ambassadors guide 6 student Team Leaders to run the program for the school. The 4th and 5th grade Team Leaders chosen for AWE this school year are; Abigail Carlow, William Amaker, Mylie Finch, Lilly Ferry, Jillian Moses, and Alex Pineiro. These Leaders are in charge of all elements of the program. They serve as the welcome committee and give school tours when new students enroll. Team Leader Lilly Ferry commented that “this is key to making students feel important.” The Team Leaders meet on a monthly basis to discuss school issues, develop community service projects, and determine what fellow students need to help with transition and become resilient kids. As a Leader for the school, a key responsibility is the distribution of the Anchored4Life kits. These kits address difficult topics of military life such as deployment, reuniting with a deployed parent, and moving to a new school. Team Leaders identify students who are in need of the kits and then take time to sit with the student and explain the contents to create a connection and lessen anxiety. These kits include informational and comfort items such as a teddy bear named Patches, family information booklets, and educational videos.

Along with the 6 Team Leaders, each classroom also has 2 Crew Members to help students on a more personal classroom level to ensure that the students are adapting well to their particular situation. When asked about the new program Team Leader William Amaker said “Our goal is to make students feel welcomed, we want them to know they are not alone.”

The implementation of this new program will ensure that the military students that attend Arthur Edwards Elementary will have the resources they need. The new resources will help address individual emotional and social needs while providing life skills for dealing with obstacles now and in the future. To learn more about Anchored4Life visit https://www.anchored4life.com.




Healthy strategies to handle situations.

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life: 

  • Social Skills
  • Stress reduction skills
  • Ability to identify setbacks (positive and negative)

Coping is integrated into life skills development by:

  • Utilizing peer-to-peer led groups on our Topics to model, teach, and practice life skill development.
  • Anchored4Life and participating locations provide training to Team Leaders to support their peers with identifying setbacks and ways to bounce back.
  • Actively encouraging the development of an individualized coping skill plan for youth to use in distressing situations.
  • Sharing positive and inspiring Quotes to assist with overcoming setbacks.
  • Providing access to Family Guidebooks. Guidebooks are a compilation of tips and resources for parents and caregivers to feel more knowledgeable in being able to support their youth struggling with change.


Sense of belonging, rapid integration.

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life:

  • A strong sense of belonging and sense of security
  • Strong values
  • Ability to create and maintain strong relationships with friends, family, and the community.

Connection is integrated into life skills development by:

  • Encouraging classroom support to build lasting connections. 
  • Implementing Anchored4Life Features to support connecting youth to their participating location, community, and friends/family.
  • Modeling and practicing introductions with adults and peers.
  • Ensuring new youth are welcomed and connected with others at the participating location.
  • Connecting participating locations through social media and Shout Outs.
  • Creating a safe and supportive environment with safe individuals’ youth know they can reach out to for help.


Handles situations effectively.

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life:

  • Healthy coping mechanisms for real life situations.  
  • Increasing confidence in leading their peers. 
  • Knowing what to do to overcome a stressful situation. 
  • Knowing when to ask for help.  
  • Cultural Competence 

Competence is integrated into life skills development by: 

  • Providing Peer-led groups for opportunities to practice. 
  • Monthly peer-led Meetings to build leadership skills. 
  • Team Leaders modeling and implementing the A4L Features. 
  • Selecting Advisers who are trained to facilitate a safe and secure environment for peer-to-peer support to flourish. 
  • Giving Advisers additional knowledge to better support their participating location (i.e. Adviser Monthly Support). 
  • Being open minded to differences and embracing those differences in peers and community cultures. 


Self-esteem building

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life:

  • Youth who trust in their abilities
  • Acquire mastery of skills
  • Make good choices and develop integrity

Confidence is integrated into life skills development by:

  • Identifying and using strengths to encourage and motivate in overcoming obstacles.
  • Hosting peer-led groups
  • Using quotes to maintain a positive mindset.
  • Teaching connections to build strong relationships.
  • Building trust with safe adults.
  • Encouraging youth to get out of their comfort zone to lay a foundation to be open to new experiences.


Developing a longstanding focus on responsibility

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life:

  • Kindness towards others.
  • A strong sense of self-worth and confidence.
  • Knowing the difference between right and wrong.
  • Making choices that align with youths’ values.

Character is integrated into life skills development by:

  • Identifying the needs of the community and addressing them through Service Projects.
  • Using peer-led groups for a safe environment to identify values and practice making wise choices.
  • Promoting kindness through our topics.
  • Approaching all youth with a smile and an open attitude to learn more about them.
  • Understanding that “different” is okay and taking the time to listen to others.


Helping peers and service to others

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life:

  • All youth MATTER!
  • Helping others feels good and is driven by commitment and responsibility.
  • Motivating youth to take action.

Contribution is integrated into life skills development by:

  • Encouraging our Team Leaders and their participating location to personally contribute to a service project from start to finish.
  • Acknowledging the Team Leaders for their contribution to Anchored4Life and their positive impact on their peers.
  • Advisers and Team Leaders modeling generosity with their time and resources.
  • Inspiring Team Leaders to help others.
  • Showing Team Leaders how their efforts have made a difference in the lives of others.


Having responsibility to make wise choices

Life Skills taught by Anchored4Life:

  • Youth can control outcomes of their decisions and actions. 
  • Realizing there is a consequence for their choices (positive or negative).
  • Responsibility 

Control is integrated into life skills development by:

  • Encouraging youth to recognize even their small successes so they know they can succeed.
  • Advisers and supportive adults provide praise when making positive choices.
  • Peer-led meetings provide Team Leaders the opportunity to make decisions and take action on A4L Features. Advisers are advised to take a step back in the implementation.
  • Peer-to-Peer programming affords Team Leaders to be positive influencers.

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