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CLASSIC ZIG ZIGLAR
RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2018
What Kids Need to Know
Our company has a course called "I CAN," which teaches commitment, honesty, enthusiasm, responsibility, the right mental attitude and other positive characteristics. Charlie Pfluger, an assistant principal from an inner-city school in Indianapolis, Ind., attended one of our seminars and recognized the benefits that would come to his school if these things were taught to the kids.
When he returned home, he took a silver dollar and used it as the model for a series of cut-outs. On one side, he wrote "PLA (Positive Life Attitudes)" and on the other side, "I CAN." They initiated a program to give the kids an "I CAN" dollar every time they were seen doing something unusually good or helpful. If they were seen helping a senior citizen across the street, picking up trash on the school grounds, erasing the blackboards or enthusiastically welcoming a newcomer to school, they would get an "I CAN" dollar. A hundred of them procured a "Winner" T-shirt.
Of the 593 kids in that inner-city school, 587 won the "Winner" t-shirts. Pfluger said it was hilarious. A piece of paper would blow across the campus, and 10 kids would be running it down. The blackboards were cleaner than ever before, and senior citizens were helped across the street who didn't want to cross! Students lined up to welcome a new student to the school.
Five hundred eighty-seven T-shirts might be considered expensive, but the rest of the story is this. There was not one single incidence of violence or vandalism and no drug arrests, grades improved, and since "I CAN" teaches kids to thank their parents for something nice they did that day, for the first time teachers, students and parents united in their common objective. Message: When the kids learn those principles, they are learning things that will prepare them for life. See you at the top!
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