Doug McBride, a guidance counselor in Iowa
As part of our character education program, we have been working with students to develop responsibility and citizenship. As we teach our students that they are part of our school community, we also teach them that they have a responsibility to their fellow building citizens.
We have developed a Golden Can (a small trashcan painted gold) that is presented to a classroom, individual or group to acknowledge their effort in taking responsibility toward the care and cleaning of their classroom and area.
Sometimes there might be a treat, like a small sucker or some stickers, in the can. Sometimes it’s just the honor of being announced on the intercom that motivates the students. But whatever the motivation, it has made a big difference in the appearance of our building. Our students are taking responsibility for the care of their building and learning valuable lessons about citizenship while doing it.