The October 2022 recipients of the Beth Webster Leading Lions Award are Monroe Elementary School Teachers Brennan Hatfield and Tracy Lindner and Student Council Members Peyton Basdon, Reagan Dykes, Elena Huebner, Aubrey Ledford, Kenzie Patterson, Makenna Sebastian, and Gage Rash.
Monroe Principal Dr. Jamie Kunz presented the Leading Lions Awards. This year a new initiative was introduced at Monroe Elementary School, Start with Hello which is part of the Sandy Hook Promise. As part of her presentation, Dr. Kunz shared a video of her own creation. You can view it here: https://youtu.be/via4LlHnDk4
The initiative was led by the members of our student council who found value in helping students find a sense of belonging at the school. Each day had a different activity that included "saying hello" to local first responders, inviting trusted adults at school to join students at lunch, and conversation starters at each table to encourage students to sit with different peers.
We will certainly be doing this again in the future with more activities and more ways to promote inclusivity among all students in the building.