“Make every day a masterpiece.”
It’s one of the many sayings by the late coach John Wooden of UCLA.
Pat McLaughlin, a teacher at Mariners Elementary in Newport Beach, tries to follow the philosophy every day.
She also tries to encourage her third-grade class to embrace the 15 building blocks of Wooden’s famous Pyramid of Success, something that’s long caught fire within the corridors of the 750-student school on Irvine Avenue.
If you haven’t heard about them, the blocks, which ultimately form a pyramid, contain character traits that run the gamut from “action” to “friendship” to “determination” to “alertness” to “self-control.”
The cornerstones — the end blocks that give the pyramid its true strength and foundation — are “hard work” and “enthusiasm.”
While Catholic schools incorporate the teachings of Jesus Christ into the curriculum and borrow from the Bible, sometimes to no avail or great success, there are a few public schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District that have embraced the philosophy of Wooden, who died last week at the age of 99.