Saturday, January 20, 2018
Education

Week of activities at J.D. Floyd emphasizes character development

SPRING HILL — Red Ribbon Week is the traditional time to remind students to reject drugs, but at J.D. Floyd K-8 School of Environmental Science the message was expanded this year to include an emphasis on good character.

The event was coordinated by prekindergarten to first-grade guidance counselor Becky Jackson, working with second- to fourth-grade counselor Tammy Swartout and fifth- to eighth-grade counselor Sid Jackson.

During the week, classes watched a DVD urging students to attain a natural high by enjoying things such as music, skateboarding, surfing, horseback riding and art.

There were daily motivational messages promoting caring, citizenship, respect, trustworthiness and fairness.

Monday's theme was caring.

"We wanted to promote compliments to each other," Becky Jackson said.

Students were also invited to wear red shirts and pledge to stay healthy and make good choices for minds and bodies.

Tuesday was Citizenship Day. Students wore sports team shirts and were encouraged to bring nonperishable foods to school.

"We wanted to help the local food banks," Jackson said. "So we're being good citizens to help each other out."

On Wednesday, which was Respect/Color Your World with Good Character Day, students wore tie-dye or other colorful shirts.

Elementary-level students saw a special program called the "Never Give Up" show, which included a yo-yo demonstration.

Thursday was Trustworthy/Sock It to Drugs Day, which meant students walked around with crazy and mismatched socks. Students were invited to sign a Character Counts poster to hang in their classrooms "as a commitment that they'll have good character and continue to have good attitudes," Jackson said.

Friday was Fairness and I'm a Jean-ius Day. Students wore jeans and green shirts to focus on a clean environment.

"We're an environmental school," Jackson pointed out.

The K-Kids Club, an elementary-level Kiwanis-sponsored group, decorated the campus with Character Counts posters.

During the week, classes decorated their doors, keeping with the theme of Healthy Choices for Minds and Bodies.

The winning classrooms' teachers were Ivone Agard, Chuck Barrett, Tammy Barthle, Arlene Cotto, Ed Mouchet and Elissa St. Germain. Students in those classes were awarded coupons for ice cream.

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