Como-Pickton staff work to provide a number of enrichment opportunities for its students.
Next Saturday, Oct. 15, the secondary campus will be hosting its third annual Scholarship Workshop from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Secondary Library.
“Sophomore through senior students and their parent/guardians who are interested in getting the most money for college are invited to attend this special workshop crammed pack full of resources,” notes Laurie Bult, Como-Pickton counselor.
All participants will receive access to a comprehensive scholarship bulletin, on-line alerts, and a chance for a scholarship door prize. Path To Scholarship workbooks will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $15 each.
The elementary campus got a jump on National Bullying Prevention Month, launching it’s Bully Prevention Program Sept. 28.
“This program builds upon the awareness activities from previous years and will be offered on early release days during specials. Students are taught how to recognize and respond to bad behaviors through a variety of hands-on enrichment activities to promote a safe school environment,” notes Bult.
According to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors National Bullying Prevention Month, bullying is a serious social issue with wide ranging effects.
PACER says, “More than 160,000 kids miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. More than one in three young people have been victims of cyberbullying. These figures are significant because kids who are bullied are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders that can last a lifetime. In some cases, bullying has even led to suicide.”
Data shows that more than 55 percent of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes.
C-P, along with many other schools across the country, are joining the effort to spread awareness about bullying and in discouraging it, and encouraging kids to behave responsibly for a safer learning environment. Contact the school to learn more about the C-P program and ways to help.
Free resources are also available for parents at http://www.pacer.org/bullying, and for elementary-aged children and teens at http://www.pacerteensagainstbullying.org/ and http://www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org/.
C-P also encourages character development through its “Heroes Have Character: Be a HERO” program at the elementary school.
During the month of September, C-P elementary focused on ways to be a good “citizen.” On Sept. 17, Citizenship/Constitution Day, the elementary campus introduced Friday Morning Live (FML). Students watched a short educational lesson about the importance of the Constitution. Eighth Judicial District Judge Robert Newsom also visited with students about his job and the importance of being honest.
Students in fifth grade also honored “Heroes Among Us” by recognizing members of the custodial and maintenance staff with certificates and a breakfast as a part of Custodian/Maintenance Appreciation Week.
The following week, students and staff practiced one aspect of citizenship — voting. They were asked to vote for one unlucky staff member to be “arrested” for a good cause.
“Students and staff were encouraged to bring spare change to drop in the buckets labeled Mrs. Latta, elementary principal; Mrs. Bult, counselor; and Coach Askins, Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Monk, all specials teachers, to raise money for the counseling activities fund. Funds raised helps support special programs, prizes, awards and scholarships for students,” explained Bult.
Hopkins County D.A.R.E. Deputy Brad Cummings assisted Como-Pickton in their efforts to “Cage the HAWKS” by taking the unlucky staff member with the most funds “into custody” during FML.
Elementary students also learned things they can do to be better citizens during a special littering program presented Sept. 22 by Texas AgriLife Extension Agency.
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