Before its regular meeting, members of the board of education and district leadership team recognized several students.
First, the U-E Varsity Cheer Team was recognized for its successful fall season, winning the STAC Championship and competing in states.
Next, GFJ building leadership talked about the new fifth-grade volunteer program created and coordinated by school psychologist Lauri Diamantakos.
Students had to apply to be a volunteer. On the application, they indicated what areas they would like to help in and times of day they would like to help (lunch, recess, or at 3:10). Recommendations from their current classroom teacher and one other adult in the building were required. In addition, they must show academic and behavioral responsibility. Students were assigned to various roles throughout the school, including running games at Fall Fest, helping in the library, helping run math stations in kindergarten and first-grade classrooms, providing homework help to K-3 students, supervising movement breaks for younger students, doing number, letter, sound, and word drills with younger students, and organizing and distributing materials to classrooms as needed.
Over 40 students signed up to volunteer and they all are doing a great job.