The new school year is about to begin; new things to learn and friendships to renew after a few months of vacation. School isn’t just about what can be discovered in books or taught by your teachers; but the character that can be found in students who care and show kindness to others. Golden Mustang Award is an anti-bullying program but we concentrate more on what you ‘should do’ not behavior you ‘should avoid’. Just as Monty Williams said all those years ago as principal in our district; “BE KIND – BE KIND – BE KIND”.
This past school year many kids were acknowledged for doing just that and making a difference on their different campuses. Mt. Meadows through their new program, Bucket Fillers, had their first assembly to award prizes to a lucky few but every student went home with Bucket Filler dog-tags to remind them about showing kindness to others. Winners were delighted to take home bikes, kid’s Kindles and buckets filled with summer treats. Enjoy the pictures below.
At Capps Middle School awards for ‘being part of the solution, not part of the problem’ were plentiful. 32 kids contributed 367 inspirational footprints that traveled the school hallways. As a thank you for their efforts each received a Mini-Blizzard from DQ. 5th grader Caitlyn Taylor turned in 139 inspirations and received a special footprint pillow. These students made a difference with numerous footprints also: Tylinn McLaws, Brianna Cano, Marina Nulick, Abbie Anderson, Lily Horn, Kaylee McLaws, Spenny Porter and Ivy Baugh.
Each teacher chose a special student who tried their best to live by the Golden Rule. Each was awarded an Entertainment Package with a DVD, soda and popcorn: Kayla Reidhead, Alexis Suarez, Sierra Batson, Trextan Reidhead, Paige Parry, Breea Crawford, Melissa Lewis and Emmalee Whipple.
Mogollon High School winners were: Makenzie Willis & Lauren Hancock who were awarded a $100 Amazon.com gift cards, Eva Martineau and & Boo Wallace received $50 Amazon.com gift cards. Sophomore, Erika White was acknowledged for writing recommendations all four marking periods and received a $25 Big 5 gift card to thank her for her efforts. Mrs. Curry, English teacher, was thanked for going out of her way for her students and received a $25 Amazon card. (Sorry no pictures available.)
Golden Mustang, with the willingness of students to make a positive change in their world, will continue at all four Heber-Overgaard schools in the coming year. This program owes its success to the generosity of local businesses, civic groups, churches and individuals. As the old saying goes; “It takes a village to raise a child”… THANK YOU to the following supporters:
- Ace Hardware (Bryon Brown & Steve Haakenson)
- American Legion Auxiliary
- Dr. Fuller Bazer (College Station, Texas)
- Barbara Birdsell
- Cabin Fever (John and Pam Weigan)
- Carissa’s Run
- Dairy Queen (Matt Clayton)
- Diane Collins
- Diane Dodge
- Encore Thrift Emporium
- Faith Lutheran (Women’s Ministry)
- Wendy Hall
- Hancock-Leavitt Insurance (Hancock Family)
- H~O Chamber of Commerce
- Home Center (Porter Family)
- H.O.S.T.; (Heber Overgaard Service Team)
- Mogollon Family Dentistry (Anderson Family)
- Pine Needlers Quilt Group
- Ponderosa Lions
- Premier Auto Body & Paint (The Scott McLaws Family)
- Sue’s Pizza Time
- Shepherd of the Pines Methodist Church (Women’s Circle)
- Scott Vosburgh (Triad Dream Homes – Greensboro, NC)
- Colleen Ward
- William & Michael Whitlow