Indian Lake Middle School teachers and staff are using Dr. Seuss’ signature Christmas character to illustrate the true meaning of Christmas.
Several large “Grinches” are hanging in the halls of each grade level. When a teacher or staff member observes a student performing a random act of kindness, that student gets to put a heart on the Grinch with his or her name for everyone to see.
8th grade paraprofessional Hillary Wickline came up with the idea to encourage good behavior during these exciting last few days before Christmas break.
“I think it’s helping students get focused on what really matters right now and it offers them some positive reinforcement for doing the right thing,” Wickline remarked.
In addition, the Grinch activity pairs with a Community Connectors grant underway at ILMS. The grant teaches the Research Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets which place a high value on caring and helping others.
Eighth grader Milia Clabaugh was one of the first in her grade level to put a heart on the Grinch. “I cleaned up juice someone spilled in the cafeteria. I would have helped anyway, but it’s nice to be recognized.”
In Dr. Seuss’ “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,” the Grinch’s heart grows when he realizes the true meaning of Christmas isn’t gift-giving, but rather spending quality time with friends and loved ones.
“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!”
Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.