Promptly after the morning announcements on Monday, third and fourth grade students from Osage Beach Elementary were ushered outside and back into the building.
Promptly after the morning announcements on Monday, third and fourth grade students from Osage Beach Elementary were ushered outside and back into the building. Unbeknownst to the students, kindergarten, first and second grade students were lining the hallways, cheering and holding up home-made signs encouraging the students on the upcoming Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) test.
Principal Renee Slack wanted to do something unique that embodied the habits that the students have been learning in conjunction with the Leader in Me program.
Slack said the students and staff were being proactive, using encouraging words and synergizing during the surprise parade.
"I thought it was awesome," Slack said. "They loved it. To see the little kids, they were excited."
She added that the older students had no idea what was happening. Some even thought they might be in trouble. That all changed when they entered the building and were greeted by the younger students.
Slack hopes to make this a tradition from this year on.
The third and fourth grade students began MAP testing on Monday and will continue through Friday, May 9.