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Barrow County Parent Expresses Concern about Award Given to Daughter

A local mom calls the end-of-the-year award her daughter received from her kindergarten teacher "a shame."

The mother of a student says her daughter was so embarrased by the award she received to mark the end of the school year that she cried and asked to go home. 

Sherry Hatcher says the other students in her daughter's kindergarten class received awards for positive things, while her child received "The Bermuda Triangle Award" for "the desk where things go in but never come back out." 

"I reported it to the principal and he gave her a new reward for having a good year in kindergarten but the hurt was still there," Hatcher says. "I just wanted to get the word out that this is a shame and let other parents know that this is not right.

"The teachers should be teaching her to be clean and neat as I do at home," Hatcher continued. 

What do you think about this particular award? What do you think teachers should consider when giving awards to young children? Tell us in comments. 

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Joyce Jacks June 05, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Learn from it and move on. As a mother I would be reinforcing the importance of a clean desk-- my child received a similar award from a great teacher. Afterwards he had a neater desk. Learn and move on.
SHERRY HATCHER June 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I am learning from it as my children will not go to barrow county schools next year ..didn't want this to be a bad thing just see some input from it and I thank you all for reading and commenting as thus too shall pass
cheryl seagraves June 05, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I don't know the circumstances of that particular student, but maybe it was her way of making every child feel included, if my kids came home with that award I would encourage a sense of humor at oneself, no ones laughing at you if they're laughing with you, to make the best out of it, and I'de say "now,we gotta tidy up next year and let somebody else get "The Bermuda Triangle Award" I think people should quit being so outraged by EVERY LITTLE THING, but then again, I'm thinking that some of these parents in the news lately are more embarrassed for the child than the actual child. People need to stop being so sensitive, my kids don't cry everytime someone hurts their feelings, they shrug/laugh it off & move on...
SHERRY HATCHER June 06, 2012 at 07:31 AM
There were no circumstances in this case ..destiny was a well behaved neat kid in class and I'm glad that your kids could laugh this off ..and again I will say this if she had a messy desk why not contact me and the father earlier in the year and we could have reinforced what she as a teacher should also teach cleanliness like we do at home ..we have moved on to a better county and better school system. Thank you
Chris June 06, 2012 at 11:28 PM
No I would say clean your desk. Sorry I'm not a better mom/dad. You see us being nasty at home and think it's ok. Sorry we failed you. That is what the mom should be saying.

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