Amidst the Corona-Crazy, have you noticed the many creative ways schools have been acknowledging student achievement? From kindergarten thru post grad, and everywhere in-between, I have been blown away by the creativity educators have shown in their efforts to keep the focus on the students. For example, below are at least two instances I know of from personal experience.
Way back when, pre-pandemic, Belmont University in Nashville scheduled their commencement activities, including a graduation ceremony for the weekend of May 1-3.
And guess what?
Saturday’s May 2nd’s graduation ceremony went on as scheduled! Granted, it was a virtual celebration, and it was in spite of rescheduling an in- person ceremony in August (although we all know that that probably ain’t happening, don’t we?). My point is, they found a way to celebrate student accomplishment despite a shelter-in-place (SIP) order. It was classy, it was effective, and it was appreciated. Best of all, it was creative.
A second example can be found at The John Carroll School. This Maryland staple put their mascot to work making the rounds at the homes of its graduating seniors. The Patriot was joined by the principal and other administrators of the Harford County high school as he managed to leave special packages on the doorsteps, driveways, and lawns of the students - and at least one very surprised teacher, as well. What a creative way to let the seniors know they are appreciated and their achievements have been acknowledged. Can you imagine looking up to see the JC bus just chugging along in your neighborhood only to see the big-headed Patriot jump out? Just makes you wonder where the found a mask big enough to fit such a humongous head.
These are just two of the many creative ways student achievement is being recognized in this strange, pandemic world we find ourselves in. Have you experienced other examples in your travels? I’d love to hear about it if you have.