Goff Middle School students finish year strong
‘Hasbro Changemaker Award’ among several earned by local eighth-graders
PAWTUCKET — Lyman B. Goff Middle School students are agents for change. So much so, in fact, that a group of students were chosen to compete in the “Hasbro Changemaker Award” contest through Hasbro toy company and Generation Citizen, an organization that fosters civic engagement.
After students in Eric Asselin’s civics classes presented an array of improvements to issues within the community, the students were praised for their ideas and proposals. Jaidyn Long, an eighthgrade student at Goff, was chosen to win the $200 award for her pitch to improve school safety.
Students collectively presented proposals to minimize littering, promoted anti-bullying campaigns and discussed possible solutions to city aesthetics through community projects, like repairing potholes.
Donna Mink of Hasbro said after listening to the students present earlier this month, “I was impressed with the compassion that they have for others. Mostly all the projects were about being inclusive and aware of their surroundings and the issues of their surroundings. I was impressed with that, at such a young age.”
Asselin said the initiative is important because it allows students, “To learn how to be active in their community, how to advocate for themselves (and) how to advocate for issues that they care about.”
“You have the power to change the things in your community even at a young age,” he said.
Through civics courses and partnerships like those formed with Hasbro and Generation Citizen, Asselin said, students learn how to raise awareness about causes, how to communicate their ideas and how to contact their state representatives to be more civically engaged.
“This program does a great job of doing that,” he said.
Mink said, “It’s important that our youth today be aware of the issues that we have in our society and be willing to make a difference going forward ...They have a voice.” Students awarded for character, achievements
Academics, athletics, extracurricular activity participation and character were among the core elements celebrated at Goff Middle School’s annual eighth-grade “Honors Night,” where students and their families piled into the auditorium for the ceremony.
Many of the awards were a surprise to unknowing students who received recognition the night of the ceremony for their “team player” characteristics and dedication to their work, whether in academics, sports, the arts, or other clubs and activities.
Students who maintained high honors, honors for the entire academic year and honors for the duration of three years at Goff were lauded for their commitment to schoolwork and handed awards from faculty members, as were students who maintained perfect attendance.
Goff staff members also presented departmental awards, including history, science, foreign language, technology, library, music and drama honors. Several students also received awards named after Goff alumni and former educators, as well as groups such as the Pawtucket Teachers Alliance.
After the event, Principal Lisa Benedetti-Ramzi said, “I am so proud of these students. They are the leaders among their peers. They always go above and beyond academically, behaviorally and interpersonally. I cannot wait to see what they will accomplish as they grow older. I would like to wish them the best and hope they never forget their middle school.”
Students from Lyman B. Goff Middle School and employees of Hasbro toy company teamed up for the ‘Hasbro Changemaker Award’ contest. Students collectively presented proposals to minimize littering, promoted anti-bullying campaigns and discussed possible...