It begins with teaching all participants the difference between doing what you are told and doing a good deed. Utilizing the good deed bracelet, participants are encouraged to do 6 good deeds per day and slide a bead from the clasp toward the medallion each time they accomplish a good deed.
A large graph, like the one shown here, is positioned in a central location, such as the main lobby of the school. Each classroom is assigned a color and the teacher tracks the number of good deeds per day, and at the end of the week the class colors in the appropriate number of squares representing their accomplishment. It is recommended that each grade level has a given color, but that shades of that color are assigned to each individual classroom. In other words, the third grade is blue, but Mr. Smith's class would be teal, Ms. Cloudy would be navy blue, Ms. McWeeny would be indigo and so on. Each class is competing against other classes and each grade level is competing against one another, but in reality everyone is collaborating to reach the school goal of 5000 good deeds.
Students learn self esteem and good character and the importance of doing their part within a team effort, but they also learn the value of collaboration.