Jozlyn Donaldson, a sixth grader at Chestnut Grove Middle School, was recently honored at a meeting of the Rotary Club of King for her design of a T-shirt depicting her interpretation of the theme of a recent character education program entitled, “Responsibility: It’s Up to Me.”
Donaldson and other students in Amy Parker’s Life Skills classes participated in the character education program written by members of the Rotary Club of King and delivered by Rotarians and members of the West Stokes High School Interact Club. Over a two-day period, Interact members led seminars on the importance of positive character traits including integrity, kindness, determination, respect, and responsibility, with an emphasis on personal responsibility. The high school students also entertained questions from the sixth graders on high school courses, course schedules, extracurricular activities, and socialization. The third day of the program focused on career awareness and preparation with King Rotarians presenting information on their careers and the role ethical behavior plays in career and life successes.
As a follow-up to the character education program, the sixth grade students participated in a T-shirt design contest with students submitting designs of their understanding of the theme, “Responsibility: It’s Up to Me.” Members of the Interact Club judged the designs and chose the one submitted by Donaldson to be printed on t-shirts which were presented to the sixth graders on April 20.
Parker commented on the program, “By providing an opportunity for sixth graders to interact with high school students who are positive role models and with business professionals from the community who shared ‘real life’ examples of the importance of ethical behavior, the program reinforced concepts and skills emphasized in my classes. The T-shirt design contest was a creative and fun ending to the program, and the T—shirt each student received serves as a current and future tangible reminder of the importance of personal responsibility. I hope the program will be available to us again next year.”
The project was funded by the Rotary Club of King and by a Rotary District 7690 grant.