B'ville: Reinforcing respect

Elden Elementary School students will be greeted on their first day of school by a large message in the school's main hallway. The message, painted in bold red letters, reads, "Respect -- Dignity and Honor for All." It was designed and painted by local artist Tommy Lincoln, who donated his time and talent to help the school with its character education program. He was aided by Audrey Hicks, an art major at Syracuse University.

Elden's character education committee asked Lincoln to create the message to serve as a daily reminder to students of positive character traits the school is promoting and reinforcing. A donation from the school's PTA and the Clay Home Depot store enabled Elden to purchase the paint and other necessary materials for the sign.

Every month the school's character education committee highlights a different character trait through school-wide activities, community service projects and by honoring a different group of staff members at a special monthly morning assembly. Last year the committee instituted a restaurant day to reinforce proper dining manners, and they named the school's hallways, installing street signs with names that reflect character traits -- Responsibility Row, Respect Road, and Integrity Intersection.

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