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By Jamie Stewart
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Kiwanis Club hosts Terrific Kids


Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Natalie's parents, Natalie Raya and Golden Oak Elementary School Assistant Principal Raymond Carr

The Kiwanis Club of Shafter honored the Richland School District's Terrific Kids at their meeting Feb. 13..

Each month, the principals and assistant principals from Golden Oak Elementary School, Redwood Elementary School, Sequoia Elementary School and Richland Junior High School bring students deserving of recognition for their accomplishments in school to the Kiwanis luncheon. This month, students were honored for the character trait of "Friendly."

Golden Oak Elementary School Assistant Principal Raymond Carr introduced Natalie Raya. Natalie, a kindergartener, is so friendly and very excited to learn, he said. She puts all her dedication and determination into working hard.

Redwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Janean Johnson introduced Myleigh Martinez. Myleigh is friendly to everyone and loves to help friends out, he said.

Sequoia Elementary School Principal Frank Flores and Assistant Principal Jennifer Painter introduced Brooklyn Allred as Sequoia's Terrific Kid. Brooklyn's smile stands out, they said. She is a positive person in the classroom.

Richland Junior High Social Worker Jose Espinoza introduced Rocio Sandoval and Brandan Chavez as the school's Terrific Kids. Rocio is friendly and very outspoken, Espinoza said. Brandan is a great student who has come a long way. He is a very "pleasant guy,",as well as, a soccer star.

Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Myleigh's mother, Myleigh's older sister, Myleigh Martinez and Redwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Janean Johnson.

The club congratulated the students for their accomplishments, and each student received a certificate, T-shirt, sticker and pencil for their accomplishments.

The Terrific Kids Program is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. "Terrific" is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.

Students work with their classroom teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance and school work. Students who achieve their goals are recognized by the Kiwanis Club each month. As a result of this program, students build character and develop leadership skills. They also attain important life skills known as development assets that help them make smart choices.


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