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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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Gina Wydra June 04, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I personally think it's a shame that teachers feel the need to give each and every student an award. When I was growing up the only students that got awards were the ones that earned an award. I think it teaches kids to work harder for what they want if they don't get an award for EVERYTHING. Just my personal opinion.
Deanna Allen June 04, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I think giving every student a positive award is great for younger children — I think it serves as positive reinforcement and I hope that it serves as encouragement for students to do well in school.
SHERRY HATCHER June 04, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Hello and thanks for reading and commenting on this post I am the mother of this child I think awards are a positive thing for children in school as it teachers children of a young age to enjoy going to school ..however this award is not positive and destiny has never received a bad letter or mark at school all year if she had a messy desk it should have been taking up with me and the father at a earlier time in the school year not at her kindergarten graudation which supposed to be a great time for all children
Kitty Lewis June 04, 2012 at 08:53 PM
Omg this is so sad, I know Destiny and she is the sweetest little girl. I feel like that Teacher should of got an award, saying PAY CUT, due to lack of teaching. Teachers get paid to teach our kids, to build confidence in our younger children. This would have hurt my feelings even as an adult to get this in front off all my friends... Just plain Ridiculous, I hope this Teacher don't have children, god forbid them do something like this wow is all I can say. Sherry you give Destiny a huge hug and tell her Shane and I are proud of her.
mollyrose June 04, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Lighten up people. Grow a sense of humor. This is funny
mollyrose June 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Agree Gina
cheryl seagraves June 04, 2012 at 11:57 PM
I think people need to lighten up, or send your kid to private school...
Deanna Allen June 05, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Mollyrose and Cheryl? Is that what you would tell a child upset about receiving this award?
Marie June 05, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Why isn't the teacher named?
Crystal Huskey June 05, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I'm sorry your daughter had such a bad experience. As a mother of two young kids, that breaks my heart. It's never OK to embarrass a child, or anyone for that matter. Children don't understand sarcasm, which is what that award was.
Danny Mercer June 05, 2012 at 01:22 AM
It's obviously meant to be humorous. And I can't speak for the awards that every other child received, but I would bet that the teacher has a sense of humor and jokes with her students every day. I hate to hear of anyone getting their feelings hurt, but if it were my little girl I would take it as a joke, as it was most likely intended. And yes, if she came home crying about it I would, in fact, tell her to lighten up. Gently, but the message would be there. Teaching children to have a sense of humor and be resilient is a fantastic thing, and I feel it needs to be more widely pursued.
K Dyer June 05, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Some of us pay plenty enough out to school tax every year, why should we send them to a private school?? A teacher is paid to teach our children, NOT to humiliate them.
Kimberly mora June 05, 2012 at 01:58 AM
What is the teacher name.
SHERRY HATCHER June 05, 2012 at 02:22 AM
I do not wish to name the teacher in this ..and its not funny to me or my child to all those that say lightnen up u must want your children to be critisied when they did nothing wrong she did not take it as funny day or funny joke she thought she done something wrong and that's not the fact she did not deserve a award like this as no child anywhere.should ever get a reward about a messy desk if the teacher had.not a good reward for all after hours of sight words and reading list and spelling words she did great on don't give a award at all would be better than this plain out bullcrap!
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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