|11/5/2013 1:08:00 PM|
Heroes among us
|The latest squadron of HEROES are: (Back row) Makiya Vagt, Julianne Auer, Diana Reyes, Natalie Robinson, Tanner Marquette, Carter Hellevik, Evan Tapp, Wyatt Carmack, Hannah Stark, Shane Crofton, Katelyn Courteau, Regan, Adams, Kimberly Valdez, Kristina Anderson, Brylee Iverson (Middle row) September Wilson, Lauryn Nauman, Aspen Sackett, Joaquin Lundi, Brennan Gray, Boe Munnikhuysen, Giavanna Lundi, Ella Fife, Lillian Larson, Dylan Klomps, Gracelyn Hodgman, Hayley Herrick, Logan Skjeveland (Front Row) Angel Taylor, Cole Peters, Gabriella Molina, Samuel Tuttle, Curtis Majerus, Emanuel Solano, Mason Noaeill. (Not Pictured:) Rowan Ellingson, Owen Ronken, Joseph Peterson, Audrey Asleson, Neven Horejsi, Jesse Round, Madisyn Johnson. Captain America is portrayed by school counselor, Katie Wanous.|
By Ruth Hanson
Captain America, the superhero, visits Triton Elementary School classrooms from preschool through fifth grade once a month to recognize students who are being respectful.
"The kids love it," Dana Asleson, a special education teacher who is one of the leaders of the program, said. "We have a fun HERO cheer that we do."
She and the other leaders - Katie Wanous, the elementary school counselor, and Katie Macrafic, a kindergarten teacher, ask the children what HERO behavior they have seen.
"Yesterday I taught a lesson about preventing bullying," she said. "It included what bullying is, the types of bullying and how to handle it."
HERO stands for Helping Everyone Respect Others.
Once a month bus drivers, janitors, teachers and specialists can choose an elementary student to be recognized based on his or her doing such things as being respectful toward other students, picking up trash or saying something nice to another person.
"We celebrate them once a month," she said. "They get some sort of little recognition, sponsored by an area business. This month it was NAPA. There were 40 students recognized this month and 35 in October."
Captain America comes to help with the celebration.
"That's fun for both students and teachers," Wanous said. "We need more sponsors. The sponsors get a colorful poster to post in their businesses. It's a wonderful program and research shows that it is making a difference across the nation."
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