Boys Academy Helps McKinley-Brighton Students Develop Character
Published on 10/19/17
District News McKinley-Brighton Elementary School
Each morning, third through fifth grade boys at McKinley-Brighton break out by grade level to meet with Vice Principal Eric Patterson for a few minutes for a short lesson in character building. Students talk with Mr. Patterson and other adult male role models about discipline, dedication, self-motivation and what it means to be a positive male role model.
“We say our man creed, which is about pride, our future, our community and ourselves,” third grader Denim Hightower-Torrence said. “It feels good because it tells us how we’re supposed to act: be good, keep trying, stay strong and don’t give up.”
“We’re learning how to be a man,” fifth grader Jose Pizarro added. “We learn that we should help our teachers and show respect… not to yell, run around or be disrespectful.”
Mr. Patterson takes the time to address any issues that may have happened the previous day – such as difficult lunchroom behavior or wandering the halls. The boys also learn about the importance of standing tall, a strong handshake and making eye contact, as well as discipline and a positive mental attitude.
Thank you to Mr. Patterson and the other school leaders who facilitate this important activity.