“The Great Debate”: Eight schools participated in the debate and the final four face off on Wednesday, June 14 as schools will prepare and defend their positions—for or against.
The Most Improved student: the purpose of this activity is to encourage a student who has worked hard consistently, overcome academic setbacks and persevered despite not finishing first or best. We want to encourage those students to continue to persevere and strive for excellence. A gift that will assist these students to start off their high school careers on a high note will be presented to these students. The school’s Management team will indicate who their most improved student is.
The various activities were carefully layered, to allow students and CPOs to get to know each other and then transition into the other sessions after establishing a rapport. Each activity was layered on the foundation that students received in their previous eight (8) years of school and throughout their lives. Sports skills, Language skills, communication skills, persuasive speaking, critical listening, empathy, negotiation, leadership skills, cooperation, respect, courtesy, winning graciously, losing with dignity, time management, strategic thinking, being encouraging and supportive. The Cops & Kids program only presented a platform to allow them to use these skills as a group. One noteworthy experience this year was witnessed between a mother who came out briefly to see the events and saw her son hurt when he was subbed out of the basketball game. While his response was to walk away from the court and game, his mother encouraged him to go back and support his team. She encouraged him to learn from his peers. He eventually calmed down and went back to the court and supported his school.
The focus is not solely on what students can learn from the CPOs or from the experience, but also creates an opportunity for CPOs to learn from students; to see the world from their perspective, to share learning and growing opportunities and to encourage students to try, persevere and embrace challenges. These lead to opportunities for us to celebrate their successes—the attention is not just on whether they won, but more on the fact that they tried. We want students to understand that we care about the things that are important to them. Although the time for this project was short, the first and most critical steps have been taken.