Students at McNinch Primary School are greeted daily by different faculty and staff members. A warm smile, high five or handshake is given to every student as they enter the building in the morning.
“Unfortunately, some kids are not greeted by their families in the morning and may not have social interaction until they hit the school’s door,” explained McNinch Primary School Counselor Jennifer Pickett. “Because of this, students are less social and don’t feel the need to reciprocate a greeting. This initiative can help with both.”
In hopes of incorporating more community involvement in the school and fostering healthy social skills for the students, Pickett along with McNinch Primary School Speech Therapist Sarah Bonar recently reestablished the school’s “Community Greeter Program.” The program is also being used to spark student interest in learning more about different community members and how those people impact their neighborhood.
Several times per month professionals such as firefighters, police officers and business owners come to the primary school to be a greeter. A fact sheet about each greeter, which includes a job title and description, is given to the students to instill a vision of possible career choices.
“This experience could be a pivotal moment in their day or life.” Pickett said. “Our students know their teachers care about them, but we want to let the students know members of their community care about them as well,” Pickett said.
Tuesday morning McNinch Primary students were greeted by Justice, the Bordas & Bordas Legal Beagle. Justice enjoys visiting local schools and loves giving children a warm welcome whenever he meets them.