As a teacher in an urban high school where approximately 80% of students receive free or reduced lunches. I've seen several students struggle with being successful both in the classroom and in their lives outside of school. It's difficult to imagine some of the experiences my students have gone through, yet they are still strong enough to continue to reach their goal of graduating high school on time.
Our 1,800 students are largely minority who face adversity on a daily basis, so it is imperative to recognize and celebrate their achievements in the school setting.
Being able to provide tokens of recognition and achievement may seem mediocre, but for these students, having a tangible object to show they're making gains and meeting their academic goals is extremely significant. In a world where the cards are stacked against them in most situations, earning the achievement of A and A/B Honor Roll is one thing that will push our students to continue working their hardest to be successful in school.
As an inner-city high school in Durham, North Carolina, our students face adversity from society every single day. It is imperative that they are recognized for their accomplishments and successes in school to show them that they can beat the trials built against them and achieve whatever goals they may have.
Who doesn't enjoy receiving a physical recognition of their accomplishments?
Our school would use this button machine and accessories to create pins to distribute to our students who earn A and A/B Honor Roll each quarter. These pins would be a tangible trinket for each student to display to say "Hey! Look at this awesome accomplishment I made! You can do it, too!"
This reward will allow our students to also become leaders in their learning environment in that they could encourage their fellow students to follow in their lead and stay focused, finish their work, and be successful as well!
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