We’re all in this together
Cousins hosts tolerance workshop
Cousins Middle School Media Center was the site for We’re All In This Together Workshop.
The workshop, which shares its name with the popular “High School Musical,” was designed to raise awareness and increase sensitivity to those who may have learning differences in their school. March 3 through 7 was Exceptional Child Week in observance of special needs students.
The workshop included a power point presentation along with role playing and interactive activities.
Students learned about visible (such as wheelchairs or crutches) and invisible (such as autism or dyslexia) disabilities and what they might do to connect with fellow students. Students learned that all people have challenges and that with help individuals can be successful. Students shared their strengths and weaknesses and saw that everyone does not have the same strength and weakness. If they took the time, they realized that they might be able to assist another with what they lacked or excel. They recognized some negative behaviors or hurtful words that can get in the way of befriending another person.
The workshop ended with students making a paper chain link with a written statement of what they could start that day and continue for the rest of the year to make a positive difference at Cousins among the whole student body. The links will be displayed around bulletin boards near the sixthgrade wing.
“The hope and goal is that students will make the opportunity to get to know others and appreciate differences rather than make them a reason to separate from others that may appear differently,” said Lord.
A sampling of students comments included, “Get to know all the other people that we don’t know,” “Treat others the way you want to be treated,” “Be nice and change the way I say and do things,” “Not make fun of people that are different from you or not look as good as you based on popularity or anything else.”
Students were given Web site resources if they were interested to learn more about disabilities. The presenters also offered to answer any questions that students may have after the workshop. For information, contact Sharon Lord at SharonALord@aol.com or reach Ms. Weirich at Cousins.
Palmer-Stone students of the month
Palmer-Stone Elementary School announces its students of the month for February.
Pre-K Nicole Womack, Meredith McCrorey; kindergarten Samyria Barnes, Daryl Williams, Mackenzie Nix, Claire Robbins, Madison Spigner, Zikyra Nolley, Chloe Henderson; first grade Austin Frix, Angel Poss, Ariana Griggs, Riley Cooper, Breanna Maddox, Lani Daniel, Samantha Cooper; second grade Amber Garner, Grayson Eady, Hannah Mosley, Karoline Foman, Rykerria Roulhac, Taeshawn Miller, third grade Autumn Saunders, Sedrick Adeleke, Ashlee Childers, Zach Kinnon, Jolei Floyd, Fletcher Stamps; fourth grade Leah Fincher, Tamara Tigner, Tyree Ligon, Olivia Lumpkin; fifth grade Philip Rowe, Favour Nwachuku, Brendon Chadwick, Corinthia Jordan, Ashlynn Cook; and Autumn Philpot, Natalie Waldrop, Tyree
Cousins Middle School students Jenna Hicks, left, and Alex Moore help school counselor Jena Weirich during the We’re All in this Together workshop.