East Aiken assembly honors character

  • Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 10:59 p.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:39 a.m.
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner
The students of East Aiken School of the Arts watch as their teachers act out the “Pigsty” skit during the character assembly on Friday. This month’s assembly centered on the trait “orderliness.”
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner The students of East Aiken School of the Arts watch as their teachers act out the “Pigsty” skit during the character assembly on Friday. This month’s assembly centered on the trait “orderliness.”

The chipmunk can stuff 31 corn kernels, 65 sunflower seeds or 145 wheat grains into its mouth at once.

“Now that is just awesome,” Chylie Copley of East Aiken School of the Arts said.

“How many pieces of corn do you think you can put in your mouth at one time?” Kaylee Westbrook asked.

“I don’t know. Maybe the next time we have corn at lunch, I’ll just have to see,” Copley said.

“I’m not sure your teacher would think that was very orderly,” Westbrook said.

The two jested back and forth to bring up a point at the character assembly on Friday at East Aiken School of the Arts.

The assembly highlights the City of Aiken’s character trait of the month. This month’s trait is orderliness, and the chipmunk was chosen to represent that.

Mark Teague’s book “Pigsty” was chosen as this month’s skit. The students watched as their teachers played out the story of little Wendell Fultz and his odd companions. Fultz likes a dirty room, and his defeated mother decides to let him keep it. However, neither expect that pigs would like the dirtiness, too, and come by to play and try to stay.

With two of the teachers dressed normally, four of them put on the pig noses and ears, pink chiffon skirts, cotton T-shirts and pants.

The students delighted in watching their educators hit each other with pillows, play Monopoly and fence with plastic swords. However, the fun turned foul. In the end, Fultz learned one has to maintain order occasionally, and the teachers took their bows.

Five teachers were asked to come pick-up and read a lesson written on a cut-out pig.

Vicky Thompson’s lesson was “I will keep my work and play areas clean and neat.”

Each lesson was followed by an explanation from Westbrook and Copley.

Kathy Linton, a P.E. teacher, coordinates the assemblies, assists with selecting the book, organizes the skit from scratch and rehearses the actors.

Usually, students act out the skits, but once in a while, like this month, teachers put on the performance.

Dajwan Monroe, a fifth-grader from Robin Bouye’s class, enjoys each show.

“I learned to keep my room clean,” he said of the performance.

Though Bouye thought the show was “good,” he likes to see his classmates up on stage.

Next month’s character trait is “Forgiveness.”

Principal Lisa Fallaw never finds it a challenge to put on the assemblies.

“It’s just what we do. It’s what we believe in,” she said. “(Showing) good character (with) an integration to the arts is really helpful and beneficial to the students and their education and their academic success.”

The teachers have hung “Orderliness” posters in their rooms and have incorporated the theme in other ways throughout the month, Linton said.

Carolyn Williams from the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Benjamin Waits with a DAR Student of Character award.

“This is such an honor for Benjamin,” she said as she gave Waits the pin and certificate. “The DAR loves to see boys and girls excel and do the very best they can in every way.”

Waits’ parents accepted the award with him. The award is given to a student every month.

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