Character counts when local students ‘Be Like the Coyotes’

The University of South Dakota is teaming up with area elementary schools to �Be Like the Coyotes� and engage students with a fun project that will reinforce character education.

Each letter of �Coyotes� represents a specific character value and when students �Be Like the Coyotes,� their behavior is recognized on a flat Charlie Coyote which is then displayed at their school. Students can be awarded for any of the following positive behavior:

C � Caring

O � Open minded

Y � You are respectful

O � Obey the rules

T � Team player

E � Express gratitude

S � Set a good example

Four area elementary schools were selected to participate in the spring program: Beresford, Explorer Elementary at Harrisburg and two elementary schools in Vermillion � Austin and Jolley. An assembly featuring USD students and Charlie Coyote will introduce the �Be Like the Coyotes� program with fun skits and role-playing character scenarios at each of the local schools began Wednesday, March 2 at 2:30 p.m. at Beresford. Additional assemblies will be at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at Explorer Elementary in Harrisburg; at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 at Austin Elementary in Vermillion; and at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 7 at Jolley Elementary in Vermillion.

The �Be Like the Coyotes� program will continue in the fall with more elementary schools and area high schools will be participating.  A flat Charlie will visit high schools during Homecoming to �live� the student body experience at their school for a week. Students will have an opportunity to submit photos of their adventures with Charlie and selected photos will be entered into a best picture contest online where students can vote for their favorite adventure.

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