What do a  kindergartner, a 12th grader, and a school bus driver have in common? Each has the potential to be awarded the Bainbridge Island School District’s new BISD Strong Award.

This award, created as part of a new initiative around raising social and emotional health, will be presented every fall, winter, spring, and summer to one person in each of the following categories: kindergarten-6h grade; 7th-12th grade; and BISD staff (teachers, transportation, technology, capital projects, food services, etc.)

In this podcast, School Superintendent Dr. Peter Bang-Knudsen and Erin Bischoff, the district’s public relations officer, discuss this award and its success, as well as the background philosophy and values around social and emotional health.

Anyone (other than family members) can nominate a student or staff member who deserves recognition by going to the BISD website: http://www.bisd303.org . Nominations are ongoing throughout the  school year, but evaluated each quarter by a specially selected committee.

The next BISD Strong Award will be presented in February (the exact date and locations are kept secret), so if you know a student or staff member who deserves recognition, be sure to visit the BISD website and let the school district know about individuals you’ve met who demonstrate the district’s guiding principles of “strong minds, strong hearts, and strong community.”

Credits: BCB host: Carolyn Goad; BCB audio tech: Chris Walker; audio editor and social media publisher: Diane Walker.