Posted on 24 September 2014.
A handful of third graders at Boyd Elementary are learning real-life lessons in leadership and responsibility after being “hired” for student jobs.
Ten students were selected from a pool of more than 30 applicants for a position on one of three teams.
THIRD GRADERS WITH JOBS – Ten third graders at Boyd Elementary School were “hired” for jobs at their school. They include (from left) Kathryn Clevinger, Daisy Uribe, Madison Maynard, Eric Rogers, Olivia Harrison, Clayton Patton, Grace Knight, Hayden Pegues and Alex Kinser. Not pictured is Zoe Butler. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty
They included Zoe Butler, Grace Knight and Eric Rogers for Rise and Shine Team; Olivia Harrison, Alex Kinser and Hayden Pegues for the Flag Corps; and Kathryn Clevinger, Madison Maynard, Clayton Patton and Daisy Uribe for the Recycle Team.
“The students selected had the highest grade average for their final grades last year,” Boyd Elementary School Principal Anke Bracey said. “So it was based on their grades. Also, they had a criteria on their attendance. If they had more than eight absences, they were disqualified because we need our kids who have jobs to be here.”
Students must also maintain good conduct. Once selected, students must uphold that conduct, grades and attendance to keep their position.
The program has been at Boyd Elementary for several years.
Bracey, formerly a principal at Boyd Middle and Boyd Intermediate before that, implemented the program at the intermediate school about 15 years ago.
Then-elementary school Principal Barbara Stice followed suit.
“I think it’s important for our third graders to have leadership roles where they can develop their leadership skills and be role models for the younger kids,” Bracey said. “It’s also a huge help for us because we can’t do everything on our own. It gives them a responsibility to help our school.”
SAVING THE EARTH – Boyd Elementary School principal Anke Bracey helps members of the Recycle Team (from left) Clayton Patton, Kathryn Clevinger, Daisy Uribe and Madison Maynard load a cart with filled recycle bins from classrooms. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty
Members of the Flag Corps must arrive between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. every day to hoist the flags on the poles in front of the school.
“One of us gets to pull the flags up, and the other two of us get to clip the flags on the hooks,” Alex said.
But no matter who’s doing what, everyone is needed to complete the task.
“It requires a lot of teamwork and helping each other,” Alex said.
“We need each other because we don’t let the flag touch the ground,” Olivia added. “If there was just one of us who could hold one flag, then who would put it on? It takes teamwork to do it.”
In addition to keeping the flag from touching the ground, students outlined other rules to which they must adhere.
“You can’t let the flags tangle or get the flags upside because then the stars don’t look right,” Olivia said.
“On special days we only put it halfway up … like Patriot Day, Constitution Day,” Alex said.
The three agreed that raising the flag was their favorite part of their job.
“I feel good when we raise the flags because the flags represent our country, and I feel good because we’re representing our country,” Olivia said. “Plus, it will mean that we say our Pledge of Allegiance every day and love our community and states.”
When asked why their job was important, team member Hayden put it best.
“It’s America. We have to have our flags,” he said.
RISE AND SHINE
Every morning, Zoe, Grace and Eric stand as Mrs. Bracey’s right-hand helpers during the Rise and Shine ceremony, 7:45 to 8 a.m.
The three arrive by 7:30 to help set up the computer and big screen to prepare for the morning assembly.
“Getting on time is the most important thing,” Eric said.
Zoe handles the technology tasks while Eric and Grace are the “voice” of the program, handling most of the mic time.
After Mrs. Bracey greets the student body, the third-graders begin their jobs.
Eric reads the day’s menu and announcements.
He then leads the pledges before Grace takes over with the Student Creed and Eight Expectations.
She also recognizes students celebrating birthdays and those who have earned Thumbs Up awards.
“You get those if you read a book from the library, then test on it and earn points, or if you are doing one of the eight expectations,” Grace said.
“Or if you’re being nice and someone catches you,” Eric added.
Students are advised to be on their best behavior because they are on stage in front of the entire school. But the team interjects fun when appropriate.
“I’ll play the air guitar while they’re giving out the birthdays,” Eric said.
Grace said that figuring out how close to hold the microphone has been a challenge.
“You would have to hold it really close but without it touching your lips,” she said. “But if you hold it down here, it won’t work. It’s really hard.”
Even though it’s the hardest part of the job, it’s her favorite.
“At first I was a little nervous. I just looked up instead of looking at the crowd because if I looked at them, I’d probably run off the stage,” Grace said. “Now that’s my favorite part. I like that I get to speak into the microphone.”
Eric likes that he has a job every day, but he doesn’t like missing certain opportunities.
“I get to do it each and every day, and I don’t have to miss special [classes],” he said. “But I also don’t like it a little bit because I have to eat at home to get here early enough and sometimes I miss out on pancakes.
“It’s still fun, though.”
A team of four makes sure that Boyd Elementary School does its part in saving the earth.
Twice a month, the team of Madison, Kathryn, Daisy and Clayton make their rounds across the campus to gather what’s been collected in recycle bins.
“Then we go push the cart out to the recycling Dumpster, and then we dump it,” Madison said. “And then we push it back in and then we deliver the buckets back to every classroom.”
Pushing the cart out to the Dumpster is one of the most challenging parts of the job. But some find a little fun in the task.
“The hardest part is pushing the cart up the hills,” Clayton said. “But it’s fun pushing the cart and getting to ride it.”
Daisy and Kathryn said their favorite part was getting to see their former teachers and visiting with each other.
“We like to talk,” Daisy said. “But we have to be quiet around the halls, especially in the pre-K halls when they’re napping.”
And even though they’re having fun, the team knows their job has a bigger purpose.
“It’s important because we save the earth,” Kathryn said. “It’s good to recycle.”