Special to The Sun
Waking up in the middle of the night is how school counselor Leslie Singleton knew she wanted to nominate a child for the Impact Team.
West Field Elementary School in Edmond at 17601 N. Pennsylvania had its first Impact Team award ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 15.
Impact Team is a new program at West Field that will be done monthly. Faculty and staff wanted to start the program in February because it is Random Acts of Kindness month.
“We want to start a kindness chain reaction,” said Cara Jernigan, principal at West Field Elementary.
There are 970 students at West field with 45 classrooms. One student from each class will be nominated each month to become part of the Impact Team. To be nominated for this award a facility member at West Field must write a letter in honor of the student.
Singleton, the counselor at West Field since 2007, opened the ceremony with a quote about kindness that fourth-grader Devin Chang gave her. Chang is the student who Singleton nominated to be part of the Impact Team.
“Devin has made an impact on me and how I handle other kids. I think about their futures,” Singleton said.
When a child becomes part of the team they will receive a T-shirt and a folder with a letter from a facility member, a pervious or current teacher and their parents.
Each letter will tell the student how they are making a positive impact at their school.
West Field wants their students to be able to identify random acts of kindness.
They want to instill the importance of respect and kindness in their student so that this program will make a life-long impact, Jernigan said.
“I help people, make them feel better, make a change for the world and everybody,” Chang said.
Chang was emotional when he accepted his invitation be a part of the Impact Team “and it felt great!” he said. But kindergartner Hannah Snyder was excited to get a T-shirt. Snyder was nominated by her teacher Melissa Gee. Gee has been a teacher at West Field since 2011.
“I’m kind, smart and like helping other people,” Snyder said of the attributes that got her nominated to the Impact Team.
West Field is also part of the Great Expectations model school program.
This is a program set up by the U.S. Department of Education to give schools information and technical assistance to be able to identify effective school-wide disciplinary practices.
FOR MORE information on West Field Elementary or the Impact Team program, call 340-2285 or visit www.edmondschools.net/westfield.