Making sure students know they are valued is important to us at Bridger Elementary. Principal Taggart recently told the Logan Harold Journal how "Lunch with the Principal" helps the school with that goal.
"Lunch with the principal is an awesome time for me and the students! This is a chance for me to have sit down time with students I don’t typically get to talk to. We use this as a reward for students who have received “Best Bear” tickets at our school. We decorate up a table or two in a corner of the cafeteria and the selected students bring their trays over and we eat together. During this time I ask them questions to get them talking about themselves with each other. It almost always ends in giggles, surprises, and, of course, fun treats! We talk about all kinds of things! Often times we talk about the latest craze such as Pokemon, sports, video games, a cool lesson they remember, etc... What this does is opens kids up so they are willing to talk to me at other times about other things. For example, after lunch with the principal, a young man who would occasionally get really defiant would actually sit and talk with me to calm down instead of making things difficult. Other times I’ve had students disclose challenges they are facing. Lunch with the principal allows me to build a foundation so we can handle challenging times we all face later."