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Clairton Elementary Celebrates Red Ribbon Week

Character Education Program Engages Students to Exhibit Good Behavior

Junior Jaden McDougald Travels to Denmark for International Positive Deviance Conference On October 30, 11th grader Jaden McDougald embarked on a trip of a lifetime. He was en route to Copenhagen, Denmark to participate in the International Positive Deviance Conference, with participants from all over the world. The concept of Positive Deviance focuses on finding and spreading existing solutions to problems within a community. Jaden is a founding member of Stay Positive Clairton, a project of Youth Opportunities Development in Clairton. Jaden’s leadership group of high school age youth design, Jaden McDougald at the Royal Danish plan, and implement projects to improve the community. Ballet These projects have ranged from basketball camps to reading initiatives and have involved over 600 participants. The group also has associate members in 4th-8th grade, which serves as a feeder program into the leadership group. In Denmark, Jaden presented the story of Stay Positive Clairton to the attendees of the conference. His presentation was one of the most popular sessions during the entire conference. After that, he was highly sought after by the participants to give advice on various Positive Deviance projects that are being implemented across the globe. One of the highlights of Jaden’s trip involved author and diplomat Richard Pascale pulling Jaden aside on the second day of the conference and talking over lunch about the group’s work in Clairton. Jaden remembers the final piece of advice that Richard gave him: “Don’t ever change a thing about what you’re doing as a group. A lot of organizations are searching in vain for what you already have. You have the ‘secret sauce’ that makes it successful.”

Challenge Program Winners Honored The Challenge Program is sponsored by Eastman Chemical Resins, Inc. The Challenge Program, Inc.'s mission is to build sustainable business/education partnerships while introducing students to careers in their communities. This partnership contributes to the workforce Pictured are the 11th and 12th grade Challenge and economic development Program winners in the following categories: by motivating students to Attendance, STEM, Community Service, Academic develop solid work habits Improvement, and Academic Excellence. required to be successful in school and in their future objectives. Since 2003, the program has reached more than 500,00 students and has awarded more than $3 million to students. Missing from picture: Nadia Davis and Brandon Snowden.

Pictured are the 3rd grade character education October winners. Red Ribbon poster contest winners through 4th grade (missing is the 5th grade winner).

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during Red Ribbon Week. The them of this year's Annual Red Ribbon Week was "YOLO: Be Drug Free” complete with the hashtag #youonlyliveonce. Students at Clairton Elementary participated in this annual activity with spirit days, class lessons, and an annual poster contest. A winner from each grade level was chosen and received a book fair gift certificate.

Clairton's character education program is designed to support the social, emotional, and ethical development of every student. This is accomplished through engaging students in meaningful activities that teach them ways to exhibit good character. Throughout the school year we explore topics such as: selfesteem, bullying, health, safety, setting goals, manners ,citizenship and community service. The lessons that are planned include discussions, art activities and team-building games. The goal is to promote a positive school atmosphere where students respect themselves, others and the community.

Senior Lamont Wade Selected for 2017 Under Armour All-America Game The American Family Insurance Selection Tour for the 2017 Under Armour AllAmerica High School Football Game visited Clairton High School on Thursday, November 17 to formally present senior Lamont Wade with an honorary game jersey commemoKindergarten students showed rating his selection to their special sign off for the 2017 Under Armour Senior student-athLamont during the district All-America Game prelete Lamont Wade wide assembly. sented by American Family Insurance. The tenth annual Under Armour All-America Game is slated for Sunday, January 1 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando and will be televised live on ESPN at 1 p.m. EST. Along with family members, coaches, friends and the community, American Family Insurance is honored to salute Lamont as a student-athlete who works hard to pursue his dreams. Congratulations, Lamont!

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