- Sherman ISD
SHS S.T.R.O.N.G. Program Celebrates Good Character and Positive Behavior
Sherman High School has partnered with Texas Roadhouse to celebrate the school’s newest character-building program.
The S.T.R.O.N.G. program promotes student success outside of the classroom and focuses on student achievement, positive behavior, and growth in multiple areas. The word ‘STRONG’ is seen throughout the campus on posters and walls and is an acronym for Spirit, Tradition, Recognition, Organization, Never quit, and Growth.
“Our S.T.R.O.N.G. program is a way for us to go beyond academics and celebrate our students who show great character, growth, and maturity in other areas,” Sherman High School Principal Jenifer Politi explained about the program her campus administration implemented at the beginning of the school year. “We are always thinking of ways to highlight our students and this program allows us to do so in a unique way.”
Throughout the school year, teachers can nominate any student they feel exhibits any one of the S.T.R.O.N.G. characteristics. Names are submitted, reviewed and selected by administrators who notify students and their parents of their nomination. An invitation is then extended to the student to attend a special event known as STRONG-A-Palooza.
“We’ve really had great buy-in from our teachers and students with our S.T.R.O.N.G. program and wanted to make each student that was selected feel special through our STRONG-A-Palooza celebration,” S.T.R.O.N.G. program coordinator and SHS Assistant Principal Robert Goff said. “I reached out to our local community partner Texas Roadhouse and they were on board to help make this a great event for our students.”
Not only was the Sherman Texas Roadhouse on board, the restaurant generously opened their establishment early to welcome 168 students to the STRONG-A-Palooza event. The students enjoyed a complimentary lunch and received door prizes donated by local businesses. Texas Roadhouse Managing Partner Chelsa Hernandez said she supports the S.T.R.O.N.G. program and believes the event is a positive for the students and community.
“When the kids walked in they didn’t know what to expect. All of a sudden you could feel the momentum change once my staff came out and everything got started,” Hernandez said. “I think it’s very important that the students see that we are involved in our community and support Sherman High School. If I have the ability to give back that’s what I want to do.”
Students were served lunch and given grand treatment by campus administrators and teachers. Several students were shocked to see their principals serving food and many expressed they enjoyed the off-campus dining experience.
“It was very fun to hang out and mingle and the food was great,” junior J’Brya Forman said. “It’s great to know that our teachers actually pay attention and are looking for leaders.”
Junior Ryan Dobbs shared the same sentiments.
“It’s cool to know that your teacher is thinking of you and they thought I was someone that had the right qualities to participate.”