Kiwanis Club of Coldwater-Terrific Kids Program
What is 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.
What are the goals of Terrific Kids?
The goals of the program are to teach students how to establish and reach
goals, and teach students about perseverance. It encourages peer mentoring.
The program shows students the Terrific Kids character traits and how
practicing good character can help one achieve goals. Teachers are provided
with a tool to redirect negative student behavior, and may be used to
empower and motivate students.
How does the student benefit?
Students build character and develop leadership skills. They attain important
life skills, known as developmental assets, that help them make smart
choices. These students add these books to their home libraries and read
their favorite books frequently.
How does this benefit the school?
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.
What rewards do the students receive?
The Terrific Kids program with the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater is focused
around literacy. As a result, on a periodic basis throughout the school
year, the Club visits participating classrooms and presents books to
those students who reached their goals. The teacher and student decide
on those goals and how to achieve them. As a result, goals for one timeframe
could be academic and another could be for attendance. This allows flexibility
for the classroom teacher to modify goals as needed.
Which schools participate in Terrific Kids?
Currently, Max Larsen Elementary, Jefferson Elementary and Lakeland Elementary,
in the Coldwater Community Schools, participate. Pansophia Academy and
St. Charles School are also part of the Terrific Kids program. Over 4,000
books are distributed to the participating schools each year.
Why are books rewarded for Terrific Kids?
The Kiwanis Club of Coldwater has focused on “Raising Literacy
Levels” as its Signature Project. As a result, the goal is to make
books available to children who might not otherwise have the resources
for them. Michigan Department of Education statistics show that 60% of
third grade students in Branch County are below grade level in reading.
It is critical that children are provided with tools that allow them
to read at the appropriate level. Statistics show that students who are
not reading proficiently by the end of third grade do not graduate from
high school on time, a rate 4 times greater than that of proficient readers.