WSMS BearPaw Recipients
CharacterStrong is newly implemented content at the middle school that helps teach social-emotional skills to grades 5-8 on a weekly basis with specific focus upon, but not limited to: empathy, honesty, kindness, compassion, and courage. Along with this new initiative, teachers award students with BearPaws. These can be given to any student who has gone above the norm in kindness, courage, compassion or any of the positive character traits we encourage daily. At the end of the month, a drawing is held from the names of students that received a BearPaw that given month. Terry Newton of Shelter Insurance of Willow Springs, awards a gift card to the CharacterStrong Student of the Month each month.