Supporting the new social-emotional program, the Alcorn School District challenged students with an array of fun activities during winter break.

The challenges are inspired by “Capturing Kids Hearts,” the social and emotional support training staff members received prior to the start of the school year.

The district encouraged students to skip playing “Fortnite” or scrolling on Tik Tok and get creative with their time with the challenges.

During Christmas week, challenges included cleaning their room and finding gently used clothes and toys to donate, baking cookies for someone special and writing a thank you note to the mail carrier. This week’s challenges encourage students to write down all the positive qualities of themselves.

The “Capturing Kids Hearts” program has been a game-changer for the district according to Behavior Interventionist Nickolee Roberts.

“It’s a method to have everyone on the same page,” said Roberts earlier this year. “(We have) a common language from school to school across the district.”

In other school news, the board recently hired several certified and non-certified staff members.

New hires include Gwen Dodds, Alcorn Central Middle School certified teacher; Molly Rowland, Biggersville High School certified teacher; Angie Green, Kossuth Elementary School certified teacher; Nancy King, non-certified bus driver; Brandy Barnes, Alcorn Central Elementary School teacher assistant; and Emma Settlemires, KES teacher.

A few employees left the district due to resignation, retirement or dismissal. Those included Austin Barry, KES cafeteria worker; Brittany Berryman, ACHS teacher assistant; and Holly Seago, KES teacher.

The next county school board meeting is set for Monday, Jan. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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