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2017-01-11 / Opinion

Team Is Disappointed

Walton

We, as a fifth grade team at Townsend Elementary School, were very disappointed in “The Reporter’s” choice to publish a letter to the editor which denounced the efforts of two of our co-workers who were volunteering their time to be positive role models for the fourth and fifth grade boys. The impact of the program on the students in fifth grade has been significant. The overall behavior and on-task behavior has improved, while the number of reminders and negative behaviors have gone down. This impact is real, not superficial.

On Tuesdays, the “Extraordinary Gentlemen” would enter school in their shirts and ties and you would notice the difference immediately. Instead of the normal mumbled, “Hello,” we were often greeted with something such as, “You look very nice today,” or “I hope you’re having a nice day,” or even with a handshake! Students were also offering to pick up and carry things and hold doors open for not only other students, but also for the teachers of Townsend. This was completely unsolicited and something that these students chose to do based on what they had learned at the meetings. These results are not inconsequential.

This was a club that the students looked forward to going to every week and were extremely sad when the last meeting took place. They were so excited to see the pictures that were taken at our meetings, and the articles published in “The Reporter.” Now, these graduates of the club are being subjected to criticism over a story that should only have a positive side.

MR. NICK PENBERTHY
MRS. JEAN MAXWELL
MRS. LINDA SCHICK
MRS. JUDY OGDEN
MRS. ANNE HARTMAN

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