Last updated: September 03. 2014 3:28PM - 173 Views
By Elizabeth Studebaker For Greene County news

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XENIA — Some “TERRIFIC Kids” were recently recognized by the Xenia Kiwanis Club.

TERRIFIC Kids is an acronym standing for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable. Through the Kiwanis International-sponsored program, teachers and staff in Xenia community elementary schools are on the lookout for students with these characteristics. Three to five students exemplifying these traits are recognized by the Xenia Kiwanis Club at the end of the school year.

Xenia Kiwanis Club member Jo Carman, who chairs the TK program locally, said TERRIFIC Kids promotes character development and good citizenship among elementary students.

“Half the challenge in accomplishing a goal is believing that you can do it,” she said, adding young people are encouraged to “Believe in yourself. Believe and achieve.”

Carman, who ended a 37-year teaching career in the field of special education in June, was TK chair person four years during which time many students in grades 2-5 were recognized for being kind to their peers, helpful to their teachers, doing an outstanding job as safety patrol volunteers, and being a part of the D.A.R.E. program taught by Xenia Police Officer Harold Matheson. Grades or athletic skills are not part of the criteria of the TK program. Teachers and other staff members are asked to choose students who they think have gone out of their way to assist others or are good role models in the school setting.

Carman is presently site administrator at Shawnee Elementary School with the YMCA School Age Enrichment Program. Before and after school childcare is offered, including snow days, teacher waiver days and some holidays. The program features games and activities allowing students to have fun and enhance their math, science and reading skills in a safe environment.

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