KidsPeace National Centers of Georgia is very lucky to employee a dedicated group of staff members who are committed to improving the lives of the children they serve. One associate was recognized by the community for her passionate work on behalf of Georgia's children -- LaShann Pruitt, Education Mobile Support Staff Member for the KidsPeace of Georgia school, received the "Spirit Award for Education" from Carroll County at a special award luncheon on October 15. She designed a program for the KidsPeace of Georgia students called "Work it Out ... Step it Up!" which offers children who attend the KidsPeace school incentives to exhibit appropriate behavior in a team environment. Classes earn points for having fewer "timeouts" than other classes, and each member of the class is rewarded for the group's good behavior. There are also rewards for good grades.
LaShann designs visual tracking methods each school year to help the children see where they place versus the other classes. There have been boat and car "races" that move along their courses carrying classroom names toward the finish lines. LaShann also organizes fundraisers, assemblies and holiday celebrations, and she recruits her parents to help out. She and her mother can bee seen buying and wrapping carts full of toys and gifts for all of the students before Christmas, and they happily put names on shirts and blankets that are presented to the students. LaShann's father also helps out with many of the efforts she devises to bring smiles to the faces of the children.
According to LaShann, she works so hard at KidsPeace because she "wants to make a difference in the children's lives. If I can teach one kid a de-escalation skill, and that child can honestly say he 'worked it out,' that's an amazing feeling." LaShann describes her sense of accomplishment in her job as joyful and exciting, and she strives to always think outside the box for creative ideas make the children happy.
Congratulations to LaShann from all of KidsPeace. We are very proud that her good work is recognized not only by her associates at KidsPeace of GA, but also by the community in which she lives and works. Carroll County made a wonderful choice for recipient of this year's Spirit Award.