The Indian PRIDE character challenge this week was to be helpful. Being helpful to another can brighten your own day and the person's you are helping. I recently went to the grocery story with my baby, and so many people offered to help me throughout my shopping trip. I didn't ask for help, but perhaps they understood that grocery shopping with an infant is no easy task. I felt so happy leaving the grocery store and was so grateful for the kindness these strangers had shown me. When we help others, we are passing on happiness and that happiness is contagious.
Indian PRIDE stands for People who Represent Integrity Determination and Empathy. Each trimester, we will focus on one character trait, and each week, we will have a character "challenge" based on that trimester's character trait. For example, first trimester, we will be focusing on integrity and the first challenge is to "be trustworthy". Students who are observed being trustworthy will be given a PRIDE Pass. The PRIDE pass can be turned in at lunch to earn a prize. Names of students who have earned passes are noted, and at the end of the trimester, teachers will vote for students (2 boys & 2 girls from each grade) who have best exemplified that trimester's character trait. Then, the chosen students and their parents are invited to a breakfast to celebrate their accomplishments!
1st Trimester, we will be focusing on Integrity. C.S. Lewis once said, "Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching." I think that's a pretty good definition! The staff at CJHS will be watching out for students who show integrity, though. Each week, we will introduce different "character challenges" and give PRIDE Passes for students who are "caught" showing integrity.
This week's character challenge is to be polite. Being polite shows others that we value them as human beings. We can be polite at school by saying "please" and "thank you", by using an appropriate tone of voice and volume, cleaning up after ourselves, and using proper manners. Being polite can go a long way and makes interactions much more pleasant!
"Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guides our manners."