Rotary has been partnering with 5th grade teachers and their students to promote positive character traits and good habits of mind through an essay contest based on the Club's Four-Way Test, a code of ethical behavior based on four questions Rotarian's ask themselves daily: "Of the things we think, say or do":
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
This year, we acknowledged six lucky winners who had exemplary essays. The students will be honored with a luncheon, certificate, a medallion of the 4Way Test and a monetary gift. Congratulations to Otto Pigorsh, Caleb Christie, Evan Mattson, Addi Jones, Sophia Whitten and Nolan Papke.
We often forget the impact teachers have on our students. The school environment is a busy place, and teachers can get pre-occupied with lesson planning and grading; so it’s not surprising sometimes we miss out on chances to stop and reflect upon the influence they wield over the young people in their care. Every so often, it’s the little conversations, the easily-forgotten asides, the friendly smile or brief compliment that mean the most to the children. These words are embedded in them, shaping their personality and their thoughts.Mrs. Kahler was given a token of appreciation from the Cedar Springs Rotary Club for showing this type of love and support for her students through a difficult year.