The local Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Chapter will sponsor High-Five Days at schools in Rush County again this school year.
The P.E.O. is asking individuals to volunteer their time to support Rush County students at any of the High-Five Days scheduled throughout September. P.E.O. representative Barb Malson said positive reinforcement is a well-regarded motivational technique.
“We don’t know the impact this community outreach program provides, but our efforts can and might leave a lasting impression on our many students of Rush County,” Malson said. “It also provides our volunteers with a good start to the day. We invite you and welcome you to join us in this endeavor.”
The High-Five Days schedule is listed below:
• Rushville Elementary School East – 7:35 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10
• Arlington Elementary – 7:55 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 11
• St. Mary’s Catholic School – 7:35 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 12
• Rushville Elementary School West – 7:35 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17
• Milroy Elementary School – 7:55 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18
• Mays Community Academy – 7:45 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19
• Benjamin Rush Middle School – 7:35 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 24
• Rushville Consolidated High School – 7:35 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 26
Malson and Cindy Harcourt co-chaired Rush County’s High-Five project. Malson made a pitch to start High-Five Days to Superintendent of Rush County Schools (RCS) Matt Vance after reading an article in The Indianapolis Star about an Indianapolis minister who started The Positive Power of the High-Five Program.
The P.E.O. knew when proposing the idea it would need community support as it has a small membership. The group appreciates the backing it has received by many interested and community oriented individuals, local clergy and Superintendent Vance.
“He (Superintendent Vance) has been very supportive of this endeavor and he uses this as a classic example of the tremendous support and enthusiasm the community members display for RCS,” Malson said. “After feeling that it was a success and that it might work, we reached out to St. Mary’s School and Mays Academy to include them in making it a complete community effort.”
Malson said an average of 35 people usually participate in High-Five Days. However, the turnout has ranged from 25 to 60 individuals.
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women, educate women through scholarships, grants, awards and loans and motivate each other to achieve their highest aspirations.
“The excitement, contact and meaning of a high five spurs students toward their goals and rewards a job well done,” Malson said. “Some early mornings are required, but it doesn’t cost anything except being present, bringing a positive attitude and a smile when giving a high five. Kindness can be contagious.”