April PAWS win­ners honored

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GRAVETTE — “Pawsi­tive” and Wise Stu­dent win­ners of the month at Glenn Duffy El­e­men­tary School were honored at the monthly Rise and Shine as­sem­bly Mon­day, April 2. PAWS grade-level award win­ners for the month of April are Kee­ley Brown, Lo­gan Hall, Clay­ton Hand, Elizabeth Ni­cholas, Palmer Pittman and Gage Rut­ledge. Many other Glenn Duffy El­e­men­tary stu­dents were rec­og­nized for class­room PAWS awards, Ter­rific Kids or Box Top awards. GDE stu­dents, staff and guests cel­e­brated as stu­dents were rec­og­nized for class and in­di­vid­ual awards.

The PAWS Pro­gram in­cor­po­rates char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion and pos­i­tive be­hav­ior into the school com­mu­nity. Each month PAWS skills are cho­sen and dis­cussed in class­room guid­ance in re­la­tion to char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion. School staff mem­bers always watch for op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­cour­age stu­dents for ex­cel­lent char­ac­ter, be­hav­ior or ef­fort.

The char­ac­ter word for April is ac­count­abil­ity. This is de­fined as tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for some­thing you have done or some­thing you are sup­posed to do. Rafiki from Lion King says, “Ma­tu­rity comes when you stop mak­ing ex­cuses and start mak­ing changes.”

Gravette Fire Chief Lon­nie Mullen spoke with the stu­dents about ac­count­abil­ity. He de­scribed how the fire de­part­ment is ac­count­able to help take care of peo­ple in emer­gen­cies. He shared how he is held ac­count­able to see that fire­fight­ers are working while stay­ing as safe as pos­si­ble. Fire Chief Mullen also de­scribed how stu­dents can do their best to be ac­count­able for their work at school and to their par­ents at home.

This month’s social skill is ac­cept­ing con­se­quences. Steps to prac­tice this skill in­clude:

■ Take a deep breath and count to five;

■ Think about what is be­ing said;

■ Say, “I’m sorry I made a bad choice,” and say what should have been done; and

■ Fol­low direc­tions for the con­se­quence.

For more in­for­ma­tion about GDE school as­sem­blies, re­fer to gravettesh­cools.net/gde.

Sub­mit­ted Photo

“Pawsi­tive” and Wise Stu­dent award win­ners for the month of April at Glenn Duffy Ele­men­tary School dis­play the T-shirts they re­ceived. Stu­dents were hon­ored at the school’s Rise and Shine assem­bly April 2. PAWS win­ners for the month are Lo­gan Hall...

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