Kindergarten dives into ‘Mission Possible’
Published: Thursday, April 17th, 2014
All three kindergarten classes at Custer Elementary met with “Captain Character,” Brad Keizer, 4-H liaison for the Character Counts Program and Custer Elementary, and Michelle Watland, Custer Elementary counselor mission commander for the “Mission Possible” program. The two have been working together to stress the importance of building strong character in students at Custer Elementary.
This month’s classroom counseling theme is “Mission Possible,” which has a spy theme. All students were inducted as special agents of the program and received “top secret” envelopes with their mission assignments. Their mission, if they chose to accept it, was to secretly serve others for the next seven days and the rest of their lives.
They were required to perform random acts of service, but must try to do it without the recipients knowing they are being served. They had to pick their “targets” and then decide on a kind deed or act to perform for them. They had to do this secretly and were instructed to be careful not to blow their cover.
Watland dressed as a spy, burst into rooms with the music “Mission Impossible.” She had a spy glass, as well as a flashlight in the darkened rooms. Then Captain Character snuck into the room and they discovered each other, much to the giggles of the kindergarten and first grade students.
Kindergarten and first grade students received special agent badges as well as an autographed photo of Captain Character.
This program is a follow up to tbe Red Ribbon and Character Counts Week. Kids learned about the pillars of character: trust, respect, responsibility, fair, caring and citizenship.
Captain Character talked about how good it feels to have “strength of character” from within your heart and when you do the right thing. Captain Character reminded the students about how they are showing the traits of caring and citizenship as they bring in their money to be able to pack meals for Africa next month.He loved that kids are helping kids and that good citizenship can affect others all over the world.
Kids were encouraged to find ways every day to serve others, perhaps with just a simple smile or hello, write a note or draw a picture for someone to find, do the dishes at home, listen and participate in class or simply speak kindly without complaining.
Second through sixth grades were also challenged and even the sixth grade students got into the fun. Austin Eggers was stunned to see the mission commander search his desk and to find his snack of fishy crackers. Jagger Bakken had two mini oreos that were also confiscated. The kids could not stop laughing.
Reports are coming in to mission command of how the special agents are completing their missions. Lunch staff reported thank you’s and compliments and encouraging notes are being found all over the elementary. Two girls made cookies for their neighbors and went to leave them on their doorstep and got so excited they dropped the plate of cookies.
Mrs. Lent’s third grade students are sending cards to the nursing home. There has been reports from several moms that their children have cleaned their rooms without being asked, offered to do dishes after supper and chores are being completed without whining and moaning.
Finally, students were reminded that when you serve others, you live the Golden Rule. You make a difference when you reach for the stars and brighten the lives of those around you.
The school plans to inform the public further about the “Mission Possible” they will do in May. Stay tuned to the Custer County Chronicle for more news on how students will pack 10,000 meals to be sent to Nkungi, Africa.
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