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Frankie's Nestwarming Party

Students at Franklin Elementary School recently worked on improving playground behaviors. They were so successful that they were able to build their mascot, Frankie the Falcon, his first nest at the school. Congrats to the Falcons for SOARing their way to their nestwarming party!

Franklin Elementary School recently hosted a nestwarming party for the mascot, Frankie the Falcon. The idea was dreamed up by Erin Gilchrest-Brown, Franklin's Office Manager, and implemented with the help of the PBIS committee as a way to encourage positive playground behaviors grounded in their school motto, S.O.A.R - Safe, On Task, Accountable, Respectful. Students who practiced S.O.A.R behaviors at recess received a limited edition Falcon Feather in many fun colors.

Up until this point, Frankie did not have a nest on campus. For every 10 Falcon Feathers a Franklin class collected, they could exchange them for one twig made of cardboard paper. The school's goal was to use 30 twigs to build Frankie's nest, which meant they needed 300 Falcon Feathers to build the nest. This was no problem for the Franklin students since they collected 47 twigs, over 470 Falcon Feathers! Since they met their goal, they threw Frankie a nestwarming party.

Students and caregivers had fun playing outdoor games and coloring activities. The Pro Folders Club, Welcoming Committee, and Art Club also had booths at the event. 

"It was a great event. The kids had a fantastic time and worked very hard on the nestwarming party. We saw the kids improving on some behaviors that benefit the school community and climate," said Principal Lynnette Chirrick.

Frankie the Falcon even joined the Dad Band for some musical fun. The students were thrilled to dance and sing to the music.

This month, the students will have another chance to support Frankie. They will work on manners and using "please" and "thank you" to help Frankie fly to Florida, where he summers every year. Every time a student models these behaviors they will receive a Falcon Feather. They can use Falcon Feathers to turn them into the miles needed to fly to Florida. As he travels, they will track his progress on a map. Good luck Falcons!

"This whole process has been phenomenal. When you give K-5 autonomy, it turns out well and supports positive behaviors," said Gilchrest-Brown.