B'ville: Highlights from Reynolds Elementary

Students at Reynolds Elementary School have enjoyed a productive first half of the school year. The following are some highlights from the school:

Character education program expanded

Reynolds Elementary School began the school year with an expanded character education program in place and, according to Principal Olivia Cambs, students have caught on to the program with enthusiasm. The school now has a "Pledge for Success," which students recite at every assembly and at least once a week in their classrooms. The pledge focuses on how students can treat others with respect as well as always try their best in all that they do. The school has displayed posters throughout the building that emphasize the character education traits that students should be aware of and cultivating daily including responsibility, cooperation and self-discipline. Reynolds has posted a link on its Web site to the Web site goodcharacter.com, which provides teachers and parents with ideas and activities that reinforce commendable character traits.

According to Cambs, Reynolds established a Caring Kids Committee at the beginning of the school year for students interested in community service. Members of the committee are third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students. For their initial meeting, they met with Cambs to brainstorm ideas for community service and to plan the coordination of service activities. Ideas the students have generated so far include a book drive, food drives and a collection for the Humane Association.

Cambs said the school will begin a new student recognition program in January in conjunction with the character education program. It's the Above and Beyond Award. Each month the school will recognize a student from every classroom who has demonstrated caring and compassionate behavior. Students will nominate their peers.

New wellness initiative

Cambs and school nurse, Judy Tack, lead a new walking group at the school during lunch. Students in a different grade level each day can participate in a 10 to 15 minute walk after they eat lunch, whenever the weather permits. A walk provides students with exercise and fresh air, as well as a chance to burn off some energy after sitting most of the morning at their desks. Cambs said students are enjoying this simple, yet satisfying physical activity.

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