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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:47 am

Kieberger and Charlie Marshall Elementary Schools held the initial Early Act First Knight assembly of the 2013-14 school year.

This character -building curriculum is sponsored by the Aransas Pass Rotary Club. The program began during the 2012-13 school year at Charlie Marshall Elementary. Administration and staff were so impressed with the positive behavior changes noticed that they requested the program also be implemented in Kieberger Elementary.

This character-building curriculum includes instruction in the virtues highlighted for each six-week period including tolerance, responsibility, confidence, perseverance, respect and honesty. Students are also taught the Rotarian Four-Way Test which includes asking the following questions: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it bring goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Teachers and administrators have included these questions in discipline situations and have found them to be an effective tool.

Each teacher chooses one student who has demonstrated the virtue being studied. They are then honored at an assembly. Parents of the chosen students are secretly notified and kept hidden until the student is called to the stage.

Each child receives a certificate from the teacher and a medallion from Sir Cass, a knight from Knights of the Guild. The fifth grade students also receive special recognition by being knighted. They kneel on a cushion in front of Sir Cass and he touches their shoulders with his sword three times. Each students then sits in a chair of honor as part of the Gallery of Champions.

The Rotary Club has received a donation each year from the United Methodist Church to be used to help fund this program. This year the club is looking for additional sponsorships. Individuals, churches, businesses or corporations are encouraged to contact Rotary President Randall Freeze at 361-229-3789 for further details.

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