Michael A Maroun Elementary School gave a proper surprise send-off to its retiring principal, Mary Stanton, at the last path to greatness character education ceremony of the year.
Secretly, the students and staff coordinated an outdoor picture in which each grade level wore a different color of the rainbow. Each class was lined up to form the image of a rainbow for a rooftop photograph.
This picture was framed, signed and presented to Stanton at the school’s last path to greatness character award ceremony.
The morning started off as any other path to greatness character award ceremony.
Maddison Hart and Blake Hoyt were selected from a random drawing as winners of new bicycles for displaying the character trait of citizenship.
Each time a student displayed citizenship that month, their name was entered into the drawing.
“Citizenship is what the path to greatness is all about,” said teacher Desiree Moore. “Being respectful, being safe, following rules and working to solve problems within your community.”
Moore continued to share a video created by MAM students about the “buddy bench” that was installed on the playground.
Being good citizens, some of the students noticed that other kids were lonely and had no friends to play with on the playground at times.
Together, they came up with the idea for a “buddy bench;” a place where kids could sit if they were looking for someone to play with.
The video encouraged the students to look out for each other and told the kids that if they saw someone on the buddy bench, they should ask them if they want to play.
Just as the ceremony appeared to be over, teachers brought out the framed Michael A Maroun Elementary rainbow photograph and presented it to Stanton as the kids started to sing “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles.
Stanton said afterwards that she was completely stunned and taken by surprise, amazed by all of the efforts and coordination that went in to her goodbye present.
“My whole world has been with the kids,” said Stanton. “It was an honor to be their principal.”
She encouraged the students to continue doing good deeds and to be a light for others.