Character Education

Harper for Kids Youth Character Development Program

Phil Swing Elementary School is proud to partner with 
Harper for Kids to teach our students important character traits from legendary UCLA Coach John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success and his definition of success for children which is: “Success is happiness in your heart because you made the effort, 100%, to do your best!”

Coach Wooden believed and taught that the most important responsibility each of us had to ourselves was to do everything we could to achieve our own potential. He offered his Pyramid of Success and his definition of Success as a guide, stepping stones to help young people understand what it really takes to make the effort – 100% – to fulfill their potential and do their best.

Each month, Phil D. Swing School will highlight and focus on 1-2 of the fifteen building blocks of success illustrated in Coach Wooden’s children’s motivational book,
Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success. Many of our positive behavior support programs will revolve around the principles taught in this inspiring children's book. These efforts ultimately build a pyramid of success and shapes students into their personal best. 

So far this year, the faculty and staff at Phil Swing School has introduced all building blocks for our students and consistently reinforce messages and model the behavior that positively impact our students' development.  Please take a moment to click on our
developing pyramid (below) to learn more about our efforts that support our students' success.


Harper for Kids is a children’s nonprofit organization founded by Tim & Peanut Louie Harper. Harper for Kids mission is to to teach children important life skills that will empower them to achieve their personal best in life and to help schools incorporate Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success into their character education.


We are excited about working with Harper for Kids to bring focused character education to our students. For more information about Harper for Kids and Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, please visit their website:

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