Local students to ‘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

Elementary schools selected to participate in the spring program from Vermillion include: Austin and Jolley.  An assembly featuring USD students and Charlie Coyote introduced the �Be Like the Coyotes� program with fun skits and role-playing character scenarios was held yesterday at Austin Elementary in Vermillion. The program will be introduced at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 7 at Jolley Elementary. 

Two additional schools � Beresford Elementary and Explorer Elementary in Harrisburg � were also introduced to the program earlier this month.

The �Be Like the Coyotes� program will continue in the fall with more elementary schools and area high schools 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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