‘Best boys’ pay it forward

2017-04-11 06:01
Rueben Maart of Wynberg Boys’ Junior School was rewarded for handing in R100 he found.

Rueben Maart of Wynberg Boys’ Junior School was rewarded for handing in R100 he found.

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Learners of Wynberg Boys’ Junior School are being rewarded for good deeds, whether they do them in the community or at school.

The “Brother of the Week” campaign rewards learners who exhibit exemplary qualities and are recognised as rolemodels by their peers. In this way the school is trying to reinforce the value of being principled and carrying out good deeds.

The incentive campaign was launched in partnership with Toy R Us South Africa.

Learners Rueben Maart and Bruce Igilige were most recently acknowledged, each receiving the title “Brother of the Week” and a Toys R Us voucher.

Rueben was recognised for handing in R100 that he had found and Bruce for voluntarily cleaning the school’s corridors.

“This award is not for sporting or cultural excellence, but rather the actions of a good deed,” says Grade 7 teacher Gareth Jordan.

According to Jordan, the campaign’s name was inspired by the school anthem, which refers to Wynberg learners as “brothers in an endless chain”.

“We reward helpfulness and kindness, voluntarily picking up litter, giving up one’s time on the weekends to support the school or volunteering to help with community projects,” he says. “We have had boys giving their lunch away or buying lunch for learners who had either forgotten their lunch at home or had not been given any. There is even a learner who makes sandwiches to feed Wynberg’s homeless.”

Nicole Annells, marketing manager of Toys R Us South Africa says: “We are delighted to partner with Wynberg Boys’ Junior in this campaign because it highlights the importance of doing good deeds no matter how large or small. We hope that being recognised for these acts will motivate youngsters to always be good people.”

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