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K-2 students at Dillman Elementary School become eligible to become Shining Stars each month by doing a good deed or working hard in class.
Courtesy photo/ Dillman Elementary

Every month two students from each K-2 class at Dillman Elementary are awarded the Shining Star.

“Shining Stars developed as a way to be able to celebrate accomplishments gained by making good choices,” said Principal Letti Tovar. “It’s an incentive for them to be kind to a friend or to complete their work. It’s a way to encourage positive behavior.”

Students earn certificates through their actions in the classroom. The certificates with students’ names, grade level and homeroom teacher are placed in a basket. At the end of the month, the certificates, which are medallions on a string, are drawn from the basket. Two students from each grade level are awarded Shining Star necklaces.

“A member of the office staff, or sometimes a kiddo walking into the office, helps us draw the names,” Tovar said. “The students whose names are drawn come to the office, we give them the awards and announce their names over intercom. They put the necklaces on, and we give each other high 5’s. It’s a way to celebrate with the students.”

Tovar started the Shining Star Program as Student Services Coordinator about seven years ago. She emphasizes that earning the certificate in the classroom is more important than the Shining Star award itself.

“Really, earning the certificate is the first part. The medal is just the second part. Throughout the month, we announce how full the basket is. Everyone is getting recognition in class,” she said.

Gail M. Williams

Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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