Program helps pupils take PRIDE in academic success


January 27, 2002|By Christina Bittner | Christina Bittner,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

BROOKLYN PARK Middle School recently honored 100 pupils who achieved success through its PRIDE program.

PRIDE stands for "Punctuality + Respect + Integrity + Determination = Excellence." Rebecca Mitch, chairwoman of the school's guidance department, said the program recognizes students who meet or exceed academic standards.

"At Brooklyn Park Middle School we want to recognize the students who are excelling and improve over each marking period," she said. "The program also encourages more students to achieve these goals."

The program seeks to instill in pupils the importance of academic achievement, attendance and good citizenship. Pupils who improve one or more letter grades without lowering a grade, maintain satisfactory attendance and do not receive discipline referrals receive a "PRIDE Packet," which contains a certificate and vouchers from businesses.

Often school programs target pupils who are having difficulty with their academic work, while pupils who do well academically are only identified by having their name in the honor roll list in the school newsletter.

Mitch said that PRIDE program is modeled after a program at Crofton Middle School.

"Education has always been about preparing students for the future, and that's what this intends to do," she said.

"We want to prepare students not just for the next grade or for high school, but to go beyond that and prepare them for life. Success here leads to success in the world of work."

The winners were honored in a ceremony Tuesday at the school. Mitch is certain that the number of pupils honored will grow.

"The first marking period was so successful," she said. "I look to see more participation."

Super Bowl breakfast

The fact that the Ravens didn't make it to the Super Bowl is no excuse not to watch the game. Besides, everyone knows that the commercials are the most important part.

To make sure you're awake at game time, start the morning at St. Athanasius Men's Club's annual Super Bowl Sunday pancake breakfast at the church.

From 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 3, enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns and beverages.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 4 to 12. Children age 3 and younger will be admitted for free. Family tickets are $13.

The church is at 4708 Prudence St., Curtis Bay. Information: 410- 792-2481 or 410-636-6496.

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