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YGC: Durant Elementary in Sumner

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by Danielle Wagner

SUMNER (KWWL) Singing, dancing, and lots of fun. Each month students in Sumner and Fredericksburg meet for an ENCORE assembly to learn about character. We attended an assembly at Durant Elementary.

"We usually have a guest speaker to talk about the pillar of the month, and we get wild and crazy," said teacher Kelly Duhrkopf.

This month's pillar is caring and honors special guests from Hillcrest Home in Sumner where some students read.

Assembly organizer Kelly Duhrkopf said the students know character counts beyond the assembly, whether it's in the lunch line or on the bus or outside of school.

"We are the guides for them. We are the ones to teach them the right way, and we hope with our encore assembly we can do that," said Duhrkopf.

Each year the assemblies are based on a different theme. This year's theme is "school of rock."

It's not only students who look forward to the monthly assemblies. Teachers also take advantage of the opportunity to get creative when it comes to character.

"They're not going to remember everything they learn in school everyday and so our hope is we'll really collect a lot of great moments for them when they get out on their own they think back and think what a great experience they had as elementary students," said principal Amy Moine.

Remembering the enjoyment of the assemblies and the character lessons behind the fun.

"I tell the students each month the big thing is doing the right thing even if nobody would find out. That's what we're really trying to teach them," said Moine.

Character counts for the "cougars" of Durant Elementary.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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