Cooperation: To work together, help others willingly, agree and follow directionÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â¦ ItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s the right way for students at Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix. Throughout the school year, K-2 Elementary Principal Mary Stanton presents an assembly on the character trait of the month to bring home the message of good strong moral character which helps instill good behavior in school and good citizenship in the community.
This month Stanton was joined by Administrative Intern Bob Szkotak to honor students who demonstrate cooperation. To most of the studentsÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ surprise, Stanton did not recognize students who were cooperative in their classrooms; instead she called on the transportation department for the names of students who are cooperative on the school bus. She was looking for students who always follow their bus driverÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s rules, sit in their seat, buckle up, stay out of the aisle, and remain quiet.
One by one Stanton called students up to the stage, recognizing them as leaders, thanking them for their excellent display of cooperation and awarding each of them with a special prize package that included variety of school supplies and books. She turned the microphone over to a few of the honored students, allowing them to share with their classmates and fellow students some of the ways they show cooperation while riding on the school bus.
At the close of the ceremony the students joined Stanton in singing the cooperation song and she reminded the students, ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œIf you have cooperation in your heart, you will be cooperative at school, on the bus, and at home.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Her hope throughout the school year is that the students learn the importance of strong moral character extends well beyond the classroom.