Teachers 'get silly' to deliver

Getting students excited to treat each other well isn't rocket science for staff at the Crag Intermediate School.

Just dressing up and acting a little silly is sure to catch the attention of students, teachers learned Tuesday morning. Seven teachers, decked out in rock star apparel, paraded around the gym to an Aretha Franklin song touting a letter each to make up the word, "Respect."

But the silly display presented at the school's monthly town meeting was intended to garner more than giggles.

"We're trying to push an anti-bullying theme," said Tom Nagoda, a counselor for the school. "This brings students together more as a team than in their separate classrooms."

The school's anti-violence message marks just one example of the district-wide efforts this year to discourage bullying among students. Some CIS students will present a skit that exemplifies being nice to one another to a Steamboat Springs school.

During the Tuesday town meeting, CIS staff recognized students who were caught treating classmates especially well.

Fifth-grader Austin Lee and sixth-graders Beny Silva and Amanda Snyder won McDonald's gift certificates for showing courtesy to classmates. Fifth-grader Imelda Hernandez won the grand prize of a Kmart gift certificate after her name was chosen as one of the semi-finalists.

According to sixth-grader Cole DuBois, the assembly marked a fun time.

"I like the songs and when teachers dress up," he said.

The school's town meetings started about three years to invite parents and the community into the learning environment, said Dr. Linda Nolte, the school's psychologist.

"This is one of the ways we enforce character virtues and help students learn," she said. "It helps the climate of the school to have us all in here together doing business."

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com.

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