Nichole Hannahs

Recognizing “Good” Students

by Nichole Hannahs on September 5, 2012 at 6:32 am

Fifth grade students in three different state become part of a project to keep them working hard even when it gets tough.

The "Going On or Defeated" program kicked off Wednesday for Zanesville City Schools. Former school teacher Ron Derry came up with "GOOD". Derry is blind and shares with students his experiences in order to encourage them not to give up, be good listeners, learners and leaders.

"I try to share those life lessons through blindness with children because I believe it can enhance their learning and also their character education skills throughout their life," said GOOD program founder Ron Derry.

Every grading period sixteen fifth grade students in the Zanesville City School District will be chosen to receive a t-shirt that show their wiliness to persevere. They’ll also be recognized with a certificate at a school board meeting. This year the program begins earlier than in the past.

"Usually we do it at the end of the first grading period, but we figured it might be better to give them a fresh start at the beginning of the year," explained Flora Martin director of student services and special education.  "We’re kind of excited to have this as our kick-off at the very beginning of the school year."

The GOOD program is sponsored by the Lions Club. Since its introduction in Ohio it has expanded into West Virginia and Kentucky.