Ticonderoga Ticonderoga Middle School students were excited to take part in March Madness, but it had nothing to do with the national college basketball championship tournament.
Rather than fret over brackets and upsets, Ti students made an effort to “pay it forward” during the month.
“The month of March is an opportunity for the students to participate in a pay it forward competition,” explained John Donohue, school principal. “It is set up so that each grade competes against each other and each homebase competes against each other in a bracket-style competition.”
Rewards were given each week during March to the grade best meeting that week’s challenge. At the end of the month the overall winner received a trophy and pizza party.
Students took part in the annual Big Change Round Up, a coin collection for the Children’s Hospital of Vermont, to kick off the competition. The school collected more than $1,200 with the sixth grade leading the way with more than $440. For its work the sixth grade was awarded with a “Hat Day.” Winning students were allowed to wear hats in school one day.
The seventh grade claimed top honors during “Acts of Kindness” week. Students were asked to do random acts of kindness throughout the school with teachers keeping track. The seventh grade earned a “Pajama Day” and were allowed to wear pajamas to school.
Sixth graders won again during the third week of competition when classes were asked to collect food for the Ticonderoga Food Pantry. The sixth grade collected more than 900 items for the pantry. As a reward each student received a free snack.
March Madness concluded with “College/Career Awareness” week.
“Activities for this week included daily college trivia, a career fair, a science fair and college apparel day,” Donohue said. “The competition was a bulletin board competition that had students thinking about their identity. They then decorated paper T shirts depicting who they are.”
The seventh graders claimed top honors.
The overall title, trophy and pizza party went to the seventh grade homebase of Janet Mallon. Barb Peria’s sixth grade home base was second.