It’s good to be queen. But for Cyndi Liming, a fifth grade teacher at Nord Middle School, letting students take the throne is the goal.
She’s using time on “The Throne of Awesomeness” as a reward for kids caught giving to and caring for others.
“They feel like they’re famous,” Liming said Thursday. “This is about recognizing when kids take responsibility on without being asked. And we’re all having a good time.”
One student was allowed to reign as king after selflessly offering to help a classmate struggling with his locker combination. Another was queen as thanks for holding the door with a smile each morning for inbound students.
“I’m looking for kids who do things they don’t necessarily have to do,” Liming said.
Photos of kids on the throne go on Instagram, on the Amherst Schools’ Facebook page, and home to parents.
The royal treatment is just one reason Nord principal steered the News-Times to Liming’s classroom. The 19-year teaching veteran has been busy this year spicing up the learning process.
One project involved students expressing what they want to be when they grow up and having their photos taken. Teachers jumped in on the fun, too.
Liming has also taken over the pop tab collection program this school year following the retirement of longtime teacher Holly Schneider.
Over the summer, she picked up roughly 100 flower pots while volunteering at a Sandusky-area facility for people with severe disabilities. Now she’s challenging students to fill all those pots with pop tabs, which benefit the Ronald McDonald House charity.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.
Courtesy photos Amherst Schools superintendent Steven Sayers gets the royal treatment on the Throne of Awesomeness at Nord Middle School.