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Teacher: Andi Gehweiler who teaches at Dunleith Elementary in Marietta, GA. Andi Gehweiler can be contacted at agehweiler@marietta-city.k12.ga.us.

Name of Best Practice: Dunleith Wall of Fame

Rationale/Purpose of Event: To promote self esteem and showcase student athletes for younger students to look up to.

Suggested Grade Level: K-5

Materials Needed: Bulletin board strips, staples, tacks, laminating film, sticky tack.

Dunleith Wall of Fame

At Dunleith Elementary there is a samll hallway between the cafeteria and gym. I had bulletin board strips placed on both sides of the wall. On the strips I place newspaper articles, sports program book pages and pictures of current and former students who are excelling in sports activities from middle school, high school and college. I highlight names of any student I find that was a student at our school and laminate the article/picture for students to see.

Before placing them on the wall I show them to students and tell them to take a look at the wall to learn more about this student's achievements. I have several students who have received track, basketball, football, cheerleading, and soccer scholarships to colleges and universities around the nation. I love to put up their photos signing their scholarships. This week I even had a student send an article to me that announced she had been invited to cheer in Australia. The students love to see who is on the wall and several of my students have come back to talk to my current students and encourage them to stay in school and keep active in sports and physical activities.

The articles are constantly changing and the wall is growing. I try to keep up with students who are playing college sports through the internet and local papers. I have been in my school for 12 years so many of the students return to see their names on the wall. My current students aspire to see their names on the wall like the "big" kids.

Variations:

Bulletin Boards in the gym or any hallway may be used.

Students who participate in Special Olympics are highlighted.

Teaching Suggestions/Tips:

Look to local high school sports programs for information.

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Posted on PEC: 3/19/2006 and has received 62 votes.

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