As the students of Clarence Cannon Elementary met in the early morning gathering on Wednesday, Dec. 4, they were given a special treat, as presented by the Elsberry Kiwanis Club.
In an effort to recognize individual students for being good role models and leaders throughout the school, the Kiwanis Club introduced the Terrific Kids Program. According to Elsberry R-II Elementary School Principal Toni Wankel, this is not a contest, but a way for teachers to recognize students for being good examples to other students, using the Seven Habit’s of Leadership in their daily activities, going above and beyond in a specific situation or any number of outstanding acts that a student may do or a particular trait they may consistently possess that deserves recognition.
“This program is just being implemented in our school and we anticipate that it will have a rippling effect among our students and staff to recognize great leadership in our kids,” explained Wankel.
The students who received recognition from a teacher at Wednesday’s assembly were: Emily Lowe – Mrs. Patton’s class; Jedediah Heras – Mrs. Morris’s class; Kyle Turnbull – Mr. Martinson’s class; Kaylen Lammert – Mrs. Behle’s class; Jack St. Pierre – Mrs. Mudd’s class and Jackson Tucker – Mrs. Johnson’s class.
However, it didn’t stop there. Immediately following the morning gathering Kiwanis Club President and Elsberry R-II School District Superintendent Tim Reller, Ed.D and Kiwanis Member Thom Artru took a few moments to read to some of the students in class.
This is the second year the Club has done this and they typically do it on the second Wednesday of each month.
“Students love being read to and having community members in the classroom, as a guest reader is truly a win-win,” said Wankel.