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Sand Dollar Club

Weekly workshops at schools & community sites

Sand Dollar Club

The pressures of school & life can weigh heavily on a grieving child and (the research shows) there is nothing more encouraging than being surrounded by other children who have experienced a loss, too. So, Sand Dollar Club is a peer support group that helps kids feel less alone in their grief. Engaging & fun weekly sessions during the school day allow them to deal regularly with whatever feelings arise which in turn helps them to stay focused in class and on track with their studies. A virtual option is now available as well so review the details below and contact us to sign up.

The Basics

School Groups

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Groups are offered at elementary & middle schools in Charleston, Berkeley & Dorchester Counties. Clubs meet on a weekly basis during the school day but are sometimes held before or after school.

Group Leaders

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Experienced community professionals, school staff, as well as Master’s students are trained to lead each group.

Sessions

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Each 45-minute session includes an opening circle check-in, engaging art, writing & mindfulness activities, opportunities to share, and the always important snack.

Topics Covered

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Students learn about death, grief, and how to handle difficult emotions and feelings. They are invited to share pictures of their loved one as well as their unique story of life & loss. They create a list of people they can trust, develop new coping skills and, when they are ready, begin thinking about the future.

Activities

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Students receive their own journal to capture their progress & growth. Hands-on, age-appropriate activities include the creation of a paper bag anger volcano, a grief mask, & a self-esteem shield.

Virtual Groups

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We offer a virtual version of Sand Dollar Club for those who do not have access to an in-person group at their school. Sessions take place on Zoom in the early evening and all supplies are delivered or mailed directly to the home.

School Partners

I just wanted to say thank you again for bringing the Sand Dollar Club to our kids this spring. They really enjoyed the group and it helped them to cope with their loved ones’ death so much better. Amanda and Shanel- you did an incredible job with these kids and I hope to have both of you back in the Fall. Thanks again and I hope you have a great summer.

Ms. Johnson

School Counselor, Mitchell Elementary

Elementary Schools

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  • Angel Oak
  • Charleston Catholic
  • Chicora
  • Drayton Hall
  • Hunley Park
  • Lambs
  • Meeting Street at Brentwood
  • Memminger
  • Mitchell
  • Mount Holly
  • North Charleston
  • Springfield
  • Summerville

Middle Schools

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  • Camp Road
  • Charleston Catholic
  • Haut Gap
  • Jerry Zucker
  • Morningside
  • Math & Science Charter

Get Started

1. Enroll

Complete the Stepping Stones Membership Form

2. Schedule

Schedule time with our staff to discuss your needs & our support

3. Register

Register for a virtual Sand Dollar Club