It takes a community
Allen Sanders
RISD Community Relations Director

Our Rockdale Elementary School is our focus for this week, and Sandee Calame, RES campus principal, is proud to present to you information about a very interesting program RES has implemented this year.

We know that family and community members want to make a difference in the lives of their children and the children in the communities in which they live and work. Building a small part of society inside Rockdale Elementary School provides compelling opportunities for students, parents and partners to get involved.

We are starting with a bank and a store inside of RES. The students earn money for attendance, coming to school every day and on time; also students can earn money for behavior. We have a behavior system in place and each student can earn a Tiger Buck for good behavior.

The second graders will run the bank and store with help. Each student must fill out an application and go through an interview process before being hired for the job. After securing the position, a brief training will occur and students will then become employees of each. As employees, they will be paid a salary for their time working. Therefore a payroll clerk at each business will be in charge of paying each employee. Employees must sign a time sheet in and out as they work. We are bringing real life situations into the school.

The banks in town, Citizens National Bank, Rockdale Federal Credit Union and Classic Bank have all responded favorably with donations. Our local chapter of Alpha Tau Delta has also provided not only a donation but a collection to assist us with our “store” (see photo at right).

Children not only learn but practice 21st Century skills so familiar to adults outside school and so essential to their future success— communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, initiative and innovation. Students in turn teach those skills to their peers, demonstrating the highest level of learning. Feel free to contact Sandee Calame or Alice Van Borssum at Rockdale Elementary 512-430-6030.

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