The information here is designed to provide ideas for putting on a “Good Citizen or Citizenship Award Contest” for students in grades 6-8.
The goals of such a contest are to:
The competition is also designed to give students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and presentation skills.
Depends on the scope of the contest (i.e. a class versus a grade level versus an middle school).
Typically, the classroom teacher would evaluate the work of her students and select the top work and forward that to the grade-level or school-level for competition among the others. The number carried forward would of course depend on the scope of the contest.
At some point, the sponsoring organization would get the work of the finalists, evaluate their work and select contest winners. The sponsoring organization could be a class, a grade-level or an elementary school; or a service organization like Rotary, Kiwanis, Boy Scouts; or city or private-sector organization.
Depending on the size of the competition, the Executive Director of Good Citizen could evaluate responses and make recommendations to the sponsoring organization. The number of recommendations will be tied to the “prize/award” structure of the competition.
A Good Citizen certificate of participation. See Good Citizen website - under development.
A gift card to a store like Borders or a shopping mall.
A book or CD – something appropriate and fun for the student, not necessarily related to being a Good Citizen.
Their names on classroom bulletin board, in school newsletter
Principal can recognize winners as part of morning announcement or write-up on website or in an assembly.
If contest sponsored by outside organization (e.g. service organization, company or city), winners could attend sponsoring organization meeting with parents and possibly teacher or principal depending on scope of contest.
Could be recognized in local newspaper – article about contest and/or winner – print all or part of winning essay.
Good Citizen award certificate.