By Matthew Guiffré
Matthew is serving as a teaching assistant at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School in East St. Louis. Below is a reflection about a new project he implemented at the school.
In an effort to make both students and parents aware that the staff and faculty of Sister Thea Bowman Catholic School are taking note of the acts of kindness and good deeds being performed daily while at school, we have begun handing out W.O.W. (or green) slips to students. W.O.W. slips, which stand for Wonderful Opportunity Witnessed, are being passed out to students who are being caught in the act of doing something good. Whether the student is seen cleaning up a mess without being asked or helping another student with their homework, the staff and faculty are now on the lookout to commend those students who are going above and beyond each day they are in school. In the three months that the W.O.W. slips have been implemented, we have already handed out over 100 slips!
Each week, a new bunch of green slips are posted on the bulletin board near the main entrance of the building for visitors to see what positive things have been occurring at our school. The quote on the board is from Sister Thea Bowman.
We hope that this will continue to motivate our students to not only continue being peace makers, but also continue to follow in the footsteps of Sister Thea Bowman, who worked each day of her life to spread good news.
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