Thursday, October 05, 2006
With little assistance from anyone or anything other than her own resourcefulness, Logan teacher Erin Cross each month makes sure that dozens, even hundreds, of students receive recognition as Student-of-the-Month.
Logan teacher Erin Cross volunteers to make sure hundreds of students receive recognition for their excellence.
Cross' Student-of-the-Month program is meant as a motivational program through which students designated by Logan teachers receive certificates for their hard work each month in subjects in which they excelled.
She receives no pay for her service. Except for donated paper, she pays for all the materials, such as decorative stickers, out of her own pocket, and volunteers her time with no pay to compile, print and deliver the certificates to students.
For September, she made certificates for 186 students-of-the-month, which is more than usual, she said.
Cross, one of Logan's Life Skills teachers, has been running the Student-of-the-Month program for about 7 years. She said she is motivated to do the work involved with the program because “I get to see all of my old students become successful and that makes me happy.”
The student of the month program was also formed for the students who do very well in class, and are not getting any recognition for it, said Cross. She makes sure that they get recognized by continuing to keep this program up and running.
She said the program has been a great success, teachers seem to be intrigued by it, and some students seem to enjoy the certificates given out every month.
She mentioned that she will keep the program going as long as she's teaching at Logan.
Overall the program is a very good one, it keeps the students focused, and there's a bit of competition in a way now, because now every student wants to excel and receive the award, she said.