When Logan County High School opened its doors this school year, principal Casey Jaynes and staff already had some good ideas in place.
First, the school wanted to provide students with a welcome they would always remember. This was accomplished with a red carpet welcoming, which featured the school’s faculty and staff greeting students as they entered the building. Once inside, students were treated to an awards assembly that was also part rock-and-roll show. A high energy solution to the question—how does one get students excited about being the first school in the state to return to classes?
Now that the first semester is underway, another program called C2G is being seen around campus. C2G (Commit to Graduate) is a program created by the Jostens company with an emphasis to encourage students to graduate. In addition to lowering the dropout rate, the program is designed to promote a sense of pride for self and school, create a support system for students, engage communities and business partners, strategize to increase parent involvement in schools, and embrace and develop traditions with celebrations of commitment. Parts of the program have been implemented around the LCHS campus for years—as many are simply good practice. C2G, however, provides the framework for a more seamless targeting program—one that encourages students to commit to graduation, while hopefully recognizing some of the program’s other goals as well. The coincidence with the school’s newly implemented Leader in Me program should create an interesting hybrid experience—a win, win for all concerned.
The program’s kick-off began with the signing of the Class of 2018 banner at the beginning of the school year. With their thumb-print signatures, students committed themselves to a 2018 graduation. Since then, students have received C2G wristlets as well as words of encouragement from their instructors reminding them of their commitments. On August 15, freshmen and the school’s entire faculty and staff wore C2G t-shirts (freshmen even had an 18 featured on the backs, representing their targeted graduation date) in support of the programs goals and each other. When asked to comment on the program, freshmen Cameron Fagan remarked, “C2G is a good way to influence people to want to graduate. It gets people excited.” So far— so good.