Samantha Weether and Holly Hartman were awarded $210 for Barnes and Noble gift cards and an Amazon Kindle as prizes for a project to improve the quantity and quality of reading at OSD. This activity requires the whole school to work as a team and individual students to document their progress. It also involves themed weeks to celebrate various types of literature. The elementary, middle school and all school winners are pictured above!
As part of a larger study of Human Rights, FOSD funded an April presentation by Chanrithy Him. She spoke of her experience of the Killing Fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. The purpose of such presentations is to mobilize everyone in trying to prevent the repetition of such tragedies. Students learned a great deal.
Lindsay Jane’s proposal was awarded $500 to purchase incentives for students as part of a campus-wide program that recognizes safe, respectful, or responsible behavior. Started in the 2010-11 school year, and based on a nationally-known model, any staff member who sees a student demonstrating safe, respectful, or responsible behavior fills out and submits a “PAH! Paper”. Every full week of school, there is a drawing in each area: elementary, middle, and high school. PAH! Papers are randomly drawn, and the students receive small awards, such as gift cards, books, small toys or craft kits. On average; 70 students are recognized weekly through this program. At the end of the school year, one PAH! Paper is drawn from each area for larger awards, such as backpacks, flashing alarm clocks, sports equipment, etc. This program has been a huge success and is in its fourth year funded by FOSD.