Bobby has shown that he is a leader with empathy-- a child who can see beyond his own needs to provide what others need. We are so proud of him and hope others will follow his example.
Brookfield, CT (PRWEB) March 15, 2010
Zandri’s Martial Arts in Brookfield, CT awarded the first ever Powerful Student of the Month award to Bobby Fitzgerald of Danbury CT.
9 year old Bobby won this award for his efforts to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti. Bobby was able to collect nearly $100 for his cause with all of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross’ efforts.
This award was given as part of the Danbury area martial art school’s character education program called ‘Powerful Words’. The program is administered by Dr. Robyn Silverman who licenses the materials to martial arts schools all over the world.
"Being a powerful student is more than doing what you are supposed to do.” Said Dr. Robyn Silverman. “It's going above and beyond what the curriculum suggests, the teachers discuss, and parents require to make the world a better place. Bobby has shown that he is a leader with empathy-- a child who can see beyond his own needs to provide what others need. We are so proud of him and hope others will follow his example."
Each month, Zandri’s Martial Arts discusses a word of the month. Bobby won his award based on a project for the word ‘Empathy’.
Each week during the month, students are taught a new lesson created by Dr. Robyn at the end of their martial arts class. They have the option of doing a quick project to earn stars that are sewn onto their uniform lapels to display their accomplishments.
Mike Zandri and Mike Brooks, co-owners of Zandri’s Martial Arts, decided to take the lessons the students learn through the program to the next level. They created the new Powerful Student of the Month program.
“It’s up to each student to create a special project inspired by the word of the month.” Says Brooks. “They decide what to do and then report on their progress by the end of the month.”
Participation is voluntary. At the end of each month, the instructor team meets and votes for their favorite project. That student is then awarded a plaque in a special ceremony at the end of their class.
“It was a proud moment handing that first plaque ever to Bobby.” Said Brooks. “He was very surprised and excited. He deserved it. I love that the kids are getting engaged in their community through this program.”
Although the character education portion is only a small part of martial arts classes, it has made a big impact on the students and families at Zandri’s. Of the 200 children at the school, most participate in the monthly projects.
To receive information about Zandri’s character education program, they can be contacted at 203-775-7150 or to get an information package via mail or email go to http://www.zkick.com.