PAWS UP, QUE!
QUE Principal Leah Ivey addresses an assembly of 5th graders in the Quitman Upper Elementary gymnatorium. She greets the quiet, seated room with a microphone.
“Q.U.E.” she says with a smile.
In unison, the children reply, “Paws up!” while performing a move which puts their hands at head level. Some even show their teeth, though every last child can’t help but end up smiling.
Assistant Principal Debbie Chapman then explains to the students, “P.A.W.S. Got it? We want to make sure you understand everything we’re doing here and how it all ties together. We’re spelling paws. P.A.W.S. What does that P stand for?”
The students reply, “Proactive.”
“What does the A stand for?” Mrs. Chapman points at the overhead screen, and the students read, “Always respectful.”
Mrs. Ivey, Mrs. Chapman, and everyone in that gym understands that in order to realize their full potential, those are the things they need and need to be.
Paws up, QUE.
Paws up, Panthers everywhere.