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Seahawks soar with great character

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St. Clare Walker Middle School students pose in front of one of the Seahawks Soar With Great Character Posters. They are, front from left, Amber Edwards, Zakara Blanding, Caleb Bagley, Molly Brown, Cheyanne Duncan and Clayton Chandler; back row, Micheal Veney, Sarah Walton, ZH’aria Taliaferro, Breniah Hart, Stefan Coleman, Cyril Bayard, Tiffany Minarczyk and Tripp Hampton.

Last week an exciting event took place in the classrooms of St. Clare Walker (SCW) Middle School.

SCW holds regular classroom meetings throughout the entire school as part of their Olweus Bullying Prevention Program on the first and third Friday of each month.  During this past meeting, students explored the qualities of showing great character. They made airplanes to represent being seahawks and were able to fly them as they contributed those qualities with the class.

The students came up with many components of being a great character; some of which were being supportive and helpful, being aware of others, being kind and considerate, being dependable and trustworthy, being prepared, being honest and respectful, and being able to show empathy.

At the end of the meeting, students chose a quality they wanted to work harder at and collectively pledged to commit to it. They then released their seahawks at the same time to represent working together to be the highest soaring seahawks SCW has.

This writer had the privilege to visit several classrooms during this time and was impressed with the students’ enthusiastic participation. They embraced the opportunity to continue creating a positive atmosphere in their school and community. Go Seahawks!

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.27.2013

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