SLE students, staff observe Character Counts pillar

Friday, January 18, 2013
Students selected to receive a Character Counts in My World backpack.Back - Madison Brandhagen (3rd), Isaac Morales (4th), Susan Yang (4th), Cole Konradi (4th), Jacob Lu (3rd) Kipera Ochalla(3rd), Sean Delaney (4th). Middle Row L to R: Samuel Dahlhauser (2nd), Marme Rosales (2nd), Angelo Negrete (1st), Hersh Singh (1st), Elli Hogrefe (2nd), Athena Rios (1st). Front Row L to R: Akai Satibanchong (kdg), Santiago Soria (kdg), Karen Cortez (kdg). Missing was Jesus Garcia (3rd). /Photo submitted

The Character Counts pillar for the month of January at Storm Lake Elementary School has been RESPECT. The students and staff were encouraged to wear yellow (the color for RESPECT) or their Character Counts T-shirts on Friday, Jan. 4, as over 900 entered the gym under a "Walk of Stars" to learn about respect. Special recognition was given to all students who had demonstrated CARING during the month of December. A random drawing of all those students was held, with 3 students in each grade level being selected to receive a Character Counts in My World backpack.

Special guest speaker was Sheryl Kleppe, retired elementary guidance counselor, and her puppet Elmer. Students were taught the 3 P's of respect: People, Pets and Property. Teachers and students performed various skits demonstrating actions that happen in school and the incorrect or correct ways to respond.

A special contest will be held this month to determine which grade level can keep their locker area the cleanest, with an extra recess awarded to the winning grade. Custodian Rita Stevens will be the judge. Barb Lange and Lori Porsch brought their pet dogs and talked to the students about showing respect for animals. Mackenzie Smith, Pat Lange and Brenda Nickolisen also brought their dogs, and students were allowed to pet the animals as they left the assembly.

The staff of SLES encourages everyone in the community to help our students demonstrate RESPECT, even when no one is watching.

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