Character Education and Project Pass It On
Project Pass It On is an extension of Wellwood's Character Education program. It is a building-wide initiative that encourages empathy, respect, cooperation, and dialogue so that students develop positive relationships with peers and staff.
School engagement, or connectedness, is integral to student achievement inside and outside the school building. One of the goals of Project Pass It On is to build relationships and connectedness to enhance the school experience for all students, teachers, and the local and global community.
Over the summer, Wellwood's Character Education Committee created many new activities for the 2012-13 school year. For Project Pass It On, students are grouped into teams by homerooms and participate in monthly lunch activities and quarterly challenges, such as Jeopardy, Are You Smarter Than a 5th grader; Wii Dance Off; and Don't forget the Lyrics. Each challenge promotes the attributes of Pass It On: Cooperation, Respect, Empathy, and Dialogue.
Teams earn Pass It On points for completing the monthly lunch challenges, and the team that wins the most points earns a special prize at the end of the year. In past years, teams have gone bowling, to a Syracuse Chiefs baseball game, and to the indoor skate park Black Mamba.
Teams will also participate in quarterly activities focused on community service. The community service aspect of Pass It On is aligned with F-M's goal for all students to be socially responsible citizens. This year’s community service focus will be the Ronald McDonald House a non-profit organization that provides housing, laundry facilities, and meals to parents and children that have medical care requirements that necessitates proximity to a Syracuse area hospital.
Throughout the year, students will be provided with a variety of ways they can help. Additional fundraising activities planned are collecting pop tabs, food and toiletry drives.
This is the fifth year Wellwood has offered the Pass It On program. The entire school community benefits from the connectedness it offers students, as well as the lessons learned through service projects. Everyone's support and enthusiasm is appreciated.
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