All too often, the kids who get attention are the ones who are causing trouble or acting out in some way, and for the folks who run the after-school programs at Portland’s Recreation and Facilities Department, that didn’t seem right.
The kids who do the right thing, who make the right choices, should get some recognition, too.
So this year, the Rec Department undertook an effort to call out those kids who go above and beyond what’s expected of them to show kindness and generosity to others, be they peers or parents, teachers or counselors.
Each month, since the beginning of school back in September, the counselors at each program — the city runs after-school programs at each elementary school — selected those kids who really stood out when it came to showing respect and kindness toward others, and this week, the winners got their reward: a special certificate recognizing their achievement and … free pizza from OTTO Pizza! Specifically, a gift card good for a free large pizza of their choice.
The first awards were handed out this evening to the eight winners at the Hall School, where the kids got what they deserved — recognition from their peers and parents, and some free pizza.
Next week, the same thing will happen at Longfellow Elementary school and at the newly opened Ocean Elementary and at the end of the school year, the winners at Portland’s remaining elementary schools will be recognized as well.
OTTO Pizza is proud to work with the Rec Department in this effort. Congratulations to the winners!