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Maroun Elementary Students Learn About Cooperation

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</p>Kindergartener Natalie Brown from Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix was recognized during a recent assembly for demonstrating cooperation while riding on her school bus. Brown tells her fellow classmates what rules she follows while riding on the bus. Pictured above with Brown is the keeper of the prizes, Administrative Intern Bob Szkotak and K-2 Principal Mary Stanton.
Kindergartener Natalie Brown from Michael A. Maroun Elementary School in Phoenix was recognized during a recent assembly for demonstrating cooperation while riding on her school bus. Brown tells her fellow classmates what rules she follows while riding on the bus. Pictured above with Brown is the keeper of the prizes, Administrative Intern Bob Szkotak and K-2 Principal Mary Stanton.

Cooperation: To work together, help others willingly, agree and follow direction… It’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 students’ 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 driver’s rules, sit in their seat, buckle up, stay out of the aisle, and remain quiet.

</p>Michael A. Maroun Elementary second-grader Danielle LeFebvre is all smiles as K-2 Principal Mary Stanton recognizes her during a recent character trait assembly as one of the students who shows cooperation while riding on her school bus.
Michael A. Maroun Elementary second-grader Danielle LeFebvre is all smiles as K-2 Principal Mary Stanton recognizes her during a recent character trait assembly as one of the students who shows cooperation while riding on her school bus.

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, “If you have cooperation in your heart, you will be cooperative at school, on the bus, and at home.” Her hope throughout the school year is that the students learn the importance of strong moral character extends well beyond the classroom.