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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Positive Posse making a difference at Three Forks Elementary School


November 6, 2019

Pictured is the 2019-20 Positive Posse.

The "Positive Posse" is doing some amazing things at Three Forks Elementary School.

According to Principal Steven Fanning, members of the posse assist during recess blocks for grades K-2, acting as peer mentors and problem solvers.

Fanning said a student becomes a member based on a selection process that takes place in fifth-grade classrooms, adding students are nominated and voted on by their peers and teachers.

Prior to the selection staff members discuss with students what qualities would make a good Posse member. The qualities discussed include students who would excel at the position, students who are responsible, good role models, and those who have experience working with younger children.

The Positive Posse has been a mainstay at the school for seven years and Fanning feels it provides an opportunity for the members to get to know some of the younger children and build a relationship with them while they are on "duty".

"It also puts a lot of responsibility on the Posse members, knowing they have made a commitment to the position as well as being a role model for other students. Staff have really seen some Posse members open up while in the position, stepping outside their normal comfort zone to fulfill their duties," he said.

Because the program has been around for a while, Fanning sees that students are looking forward to becoming members and he makes sure to go into the fourth-grade classrooms periodically to discuss the Positive Posse and encourage students to start thinking about their behaviors and choices prior to having the opportunity.

Fanning also discussed the commitment of time made by the Positive Posse.

"What some people don't understand is that Posse members choose to give up their free, social time at lunch and during recess a couple of times a week to be "on-duty". The sacrifice that they make is pretty cool. These are great kids and really do make a difference at TFES. We are proud of them!" he said.


Ms. Fromme's Class: Maya Noble, Irene Mowry, Hailey Williams, Jackson Fanning, Dawson Petersen, Nicolai Kovnesky, Mason Griffiths, and Elle Dennin.

Mrs. Hansen's Class: Kaida Stanton, Aidan Almazon, Kanon Reichman, Sophia Costa, Violet Donnelly, Julia Kotter, Caylee Espeland-Morales, and Izabell Rueb.


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