Terrific Kids

Terrific Kids

What is Terrific Kids?

Terrific Kids is a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. Students work with their classroom teacher and establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance, or schoolwork. Students then work toward achieving the goal during a specific time period. The teachers and principal determine the best schedule for recognition. Some schools recognize Terrific Kids during each grading period; others recognize students more often.

At the end of the designated time period all students who achieved their goals are recognized as Terrific Kids. Recognition includes being pinned as a Terrific Kid; a pizza, ice cream, or other food-themed party; and presentation of certificates, and other giveaways.

What is the role of the sponsoring Kiwanis family club?

A sponsoring club helps support the Terrific Kids program at the school. The club plans Terrific Kids parties, provides recognition, and establishes partnerships with local community businesses to secure support for the program. Sponsoring businesses have the option of providing coupons, giveaways, or food for Terrific Kids parties.

How does the program help teachers utilizing the program?

The Terrific Kids program provides teachers with a tool to reward students for special achievements that may otherwise go unnoticed.

TERRIFIC is an acronym meaning:

  • Thoughtful
  • Enthusiastic
  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Inclusive
  • Friendly
  • Inquisitive
  • Capable

Can the program be used by a community center or other organization working with youth?

Though the Terrific Kids program was designed as a school program, it also can be adapted for use in community centers or other organizations that support youth. When used in this setting, a staff member steps in to serve in the teacher’s role. The staff member then works with participants to set goals and monitors achievement.
Kiwanis Club of Southlake Foundation Incorporated