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About Terrific Kids
Terrific Kids is a student-recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance.
“Terrific” is an acronym for Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable.
Students work with their classroom teacher to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or school work. All students who achieve their goals after a specified time are recognized as Terrific Kids. Recognition includes being pinned as a Terrific Kid; a pizza, ice cream or other food-themed party; and presentation of certificates and other giveaways.
Who sponsors the program?
A Kiwanis-family club sponsors the program at the school, providing financial support and adult and youth mentors.
Program goals and implementation
Can community businesses provide program support?
Yes, there are opportunities for local businesses to be involved. The Kiwanis-family club will establish partnerships with local businesses to secure support for the program. Sponsoring businesses have the option of providing coupons, giveaways, or food for Terrific Kids recognition events. In return, the business is promoted in Terrific Kids and school materials shared with students and parents.
How does the program benefit students?
Students build character and develop leadership skills. They attain important life skills known as developmental assets that help them make smart choices. According to the Search Institute, an organization focused on helping youth succeed, the more developmental assets students attain, the less likely they are to participate in risky behavior and the more likely they are to succeed.
How does the program benefit the school and school staff?
The program provides teachers with a tool to reward students who may otherwise go unnoticed. Students focus on learning and practicing good character. This improves behavior in the classroom, on school grounds and at home.
Can the program be used in a community center?
Yes, the Terrific Kids program can be adapted for use in community centers or other youth-serving organizations, such as a Boys and Girls Club. When used in this setting, a staff member serves in the teacher’s role and works with participants to set goals and monitor achievements.
Where do I start?
Implementing Terrific Kids
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Terrific Kids Sponsorship Toolkit
Terrific Kids Frequently Asked Questions
Terrific Kids and social and emotional skills