A new group has emerged at South Tama County High School. ALL4ONE is a blend of the former Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) and the new Rachel's Challenge focus that the STC school district has implemented. ALL4ONE will take on several new initiatives at the high school, including working with all the schools in the district, helping students with the transition to high school, and taking on service projects in the community.
One focus of ALL4ONE is to provide for an easier adjustment to STC High School for new students. Four transition teams were formed, one in each grade, to welcome incoming students to the high school. These teams meet with a new student on their first day of classes, introduce them to other students, provide a tour of the building, eat lunch with them, and answer any questions they may have about South Tama. The goal is to provide a positive and welcoming first impression of South Tama.
Another facet of this new group teams up ALL4ONE members with middle school students who have formed a Friends of Rachel (FOR) Club, led by Jackie Ellenbecker. ALL4ONE students will work with Ellenbecker and the middle school students on the fundamentals of Rachel's Challenge -- creating chain reactions of kindness and denouncing bullying. The FOR Club, along with ALL4ONE, have planned no-bullying themed weeks and are placing greeters at the doorways of the middle school in the mornings when students arrive.
Members of the newly-formed ALL4ONE?group at South Tama High School greeted elementary students as they arrived for school last Friday morning, Sept. 14. ALL4ONE?members (left to right) Laurel Scharnweber, Catie Collins and Alana Vest were among those forming a line stretching from the rear of high school to the elementary school and “high fiving” elementary students including Kaidan Mann and Damien Benner.
ALL4ONE has also committed to helping with Homebases at the elementary. Homebases are multi-grade character activities based on Rachel's Challenge that meet once a month at the elementary. ALL4ONE students will be assigned to an individual Homebase group where they will assist the Homebase teacher with the character activity of the month.This partnership will allow both the older and younger students to make connections and build relationships with each other that will continue to grow throughout their years in school.
ALL4ONE has recently participated in their first random act of kindness called High Five Friday, which will continue to take place once a month throughout the school year, weather permitting. During High Five Friday, elementary students who ride the bus were dropped off at the high school where they were met by members of ALL4ONE as they lined the gravel road between the two schools. The high schoolers welcomed the younger students to school that morning with a high five and handed out bookmarks to all the students as they walked to school.
Students who were dropped off along Country Club Drive were also met with high schoolers, along with members of both Tama and Toledo Police Departments, who assisted with traffic during the event.
The Supporting Kids in Prevention (SKIP) Program and STC administration are supporting this ALL4ONE student-led initiative, with a member of ALL4ONE attending monthly SKIP meetings and acting as a liaison between the two groups. SKIP will be providing some financial support but currently the ALL4ONE students are looking into a wide range of fundraisers to make the group self-sufficient.
ALL4ONE welcomes any community-based service projects and those interested should contact sponsors Dan Lopez, Jackie Ellenbecker or Marlys Upah at 484-4345.