You’re in class trying your best to pay close attention to the teacher. The bell rings, and your mind is conflicted with the relief of class ending and the stress of homework just assigned.
Then suddenly you and your classmates are funneled out on the field where you pick up a plate, grab a bun, and get served a juicy hamburger patty by your principal. Snow cones are being served on the lawn, and music is playing loud on speakers set up near the fence.
This was the scene at Bonneville Junior High School on a bright, sunny afternoon. The annual Hello Day BBQ lunch, sponsored by the PTSA, is just one of the ways Bonneville staff try to make the students feel welcome at school.
“It’s a great example of the welcoming, supportive community at our school,” said assistant principal Dawn Hauser. “It’s an opportunity for kids to know how excited we are that they are part of Bonneville.”
Events similar to these have taken place all over the district. The activities allow students to interact on a more relaxed level with their teachers, administrators, and peers.