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CANNELTON - Forty-one percent of elementary students in Cannelton received pride cards the first nine weeks of the school year, Elementary Principal Ginger Conrad reported at a regular school-board meeting Oct. 23, calling it the highest percentage issued since the reward system was implemented three years ago.
They're based on citizenship, attendance and academic effort, she reminded the board before offering congratulations to the recipients and expressing appreciation to the athletic department for allowing the cards to be used for free entry to sporting events.
The county extension office "has partnered with us to continue character-education (instruction)," Conrad continued in her report to the board. "They're targeting grades three, four and five with a once-a-week session that started last week and goes for five weeks,"
Red Ribbon Week is being observed through Friday, she reported. Students identified by the Indiana High School Athletic Association as role models were to speak at an assembly scheduled for the observance "and we will unveil our new role model at that assembly," she said. "There's a lot of community support in that program, as well as Mr. (Brian) Garrett working with Jan Sprinkle." Garrett is the corporation's athletic director and Sprinkle is the Lincoln Hills Development Corp. Youth Service Bureau director.
Led by teacher Joan Goble, the Cannelton Media Club was scheduled to leave Tuesday for the International Student Media Festival in Florida, Conrad continued.
As The News reported Sept. 8, last year's members continued a club tradition of earning excellence-in-media awards with their research-based Web site, "Furry Friends of Perry County," available for viewing at www.cannelton.k12.in.us/ animalshelter.
"I can't say enough about Joan and the work that she does with those kids," Conrad told the board. "They were chosen to demonstrate their Web site for the opening ceremonies down there," and will attend workshops and go to the Kennedy Space Center "and hopefully go to Disney World," Conrad said.
As The News reported the previous Thursday, the club received a donation from Cannelton American Legion Post 142 to help pay costs of the trip and further contributions were still being accepted.
The city's Legion post will conduct a morning salute to the flag in observance of Veterans Day Nov. 7, Conrad said, and a everyone is welcome to attend a community celebration that afternoon that will involve all of the city's students.