Recent studies have shown that students who are the most well-adjusted are children who feel a sense of identity amongst their peers. Here at Cascades Academy, we strive to create this sense of community and our morning meeting is one great place to conduct it. Each individual brings a diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and viewpoints that enrich our program. Fourth and fifth-grade students have been participating in a communal approach that is designed to encourage them to learn more about and celebrate each other. Morning meeting consists of four essentials. Every morning we greet one another, where everyone makes eye contact, and exchanges a genuine hello. We share something about ourselves or what is happening in our lives. Next, we have an activity, generally, this is to establish character or to brush up on previous lessons. Lastly, we have a message to the students about the happenings in class or what they can look forward to in the days ahead. This is a place where students feel secure and supported by everyone. Some of the most important skills needed in school are the ability to communicate with one another and to value each other. This, in turn, supports a collaborative and supportive community.