Thornwell School for the Arts adds new dimension to Friendship Dance
Thornwell School for the Arts crowned its Comer King and Queen as part of the Friendship Dance celebration in late February. The program was developed by parent liaison, Raven Legette, and Thornwell principal, Julie Mahn.
The students in each classroom nominated peers who exhibited positive qualities based on the Comer developmental pathways. The school has done a King and Queen in the past, but this year, they added the Comer title and princes and princesses.
“The Comer School Development Program has benefited the students at Thornwell,” Legette says. “It teaches childrent to connection behavior and actions to outcomes, consequences and rewards. The parents of my students understand what is expected of each child and we all collaborate with each other to achieve a common goal.”
During the Friendship Dance, princesses and princes were crowned from first through fourth grades. The fifth graders were crowned King and Queen at the dance. Parents gave permission for children to participate. Families, friends, school staff and Comer facilitator Tara King were present for event.
“Our children know Dr. Comer and that he wants them to do well in school and life,” says principal Mahn. “We are all learning that the Comer pathways lead us to greatness when we follow them will all our hearts.” She believes the Comer King and Queen process exemplified this. “The children seemed to stand a little taller and work a little harder when they know what is expected of them.”
For more information about the Comer King and Queen or to get involved with the program next year, contact Raven Legette at Thornwell School for the Arts. For more information on the Comer School Development Program, contact Tara King at Washington Street Elementary.
(Story submitted by Gabriel Fonseca)