B.U.G. Program Changes

As many of you are aware, we have had a character education program called the B.U.G. (Being Unbelievably Good) program at the elementary school for many years now (8 years to be exact).  We have made some changes to the program this year and I would like to explain them to eliminate any confusion.  

In the past, many kids could receive a BUG award from the same classroom every week and only four from each grade level were pulled out of the bucket weekly to be recognized and pictured for the website and newspaper.  Kids were often given BUG awards, but were never randomly chosen out of the bucket to be in the end of the week pictures or receive the certificates from local businesses.  This omission led to confusion and frustration for some and we are attempting to eliminate that this year.  This year, only one child from each classroom section will get a BUG award per week (with the possibility of another one getting a BUG from a specials teacher).  Getting a BUG award this year will mean that your child really went above and beyond.  This will also mean that every child who receives a BUG during that week will also get called down to be in the picture and to receive a certificate from a local business.  

Speaking of local businesses, we have many local businesses who have donated certificates, and if you own or work at a local business who would like to donate a certificate for something that a K-5 child would desire, we would welcome your donation.  Kids who receive a BUG award will get to pick from whatever certificates are available and we will have somewhere between 25-40 winners per week throughout the year.  I would like to give a special thanks to those of you who have donated to the program.  We could not do it without you.  We have received donations from: Black and Whites Confections, Railside Golf Club, Dairy Queen, McDonalds, Subway, Gibson Bowl, Los Caminos, Vianna Yang, Country Kettle, Casey’s, and Monical’s.     

In addition to our BUG awards, we are going to continue our practice of giving tokens for our machine in the office.  This year, the tokens will be given for, “Token Acts”, or acts that a teacher or staff member feel a child should be recognized for.  These “Token Acts” will be completely separate from BUG Awards, but will allow teachers and staff to reward/recognize multiple kids during a week for smaller things.   
We have some AWESOME kids and we are always searching for ways to encourage going above and beyond.  Thanks for partnering with us to make this a great place for kids!      

Justin Kean
GCMS Elementary Principal  
217-784-4278
kean.justin@gcmsk12.org

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