NEW BREMEN — Cardinals will be participating in a slew of self-esteem building events next week as the schools kick off an annual weeklong event.
New Bremen Elementary and Middle schools will host Believe in Yourself Week starting Monday, a week that Middle School Principal Howard Overman noted was originally started to help raise the self-esteem of the students.
"You're always looking for things to do to raise the self-esteem of the kids, and I think one of the biggest things is to get them to start believing in themselves and that they can do things," Overman said. "Sometimes, as they go, they fell like there are limits, and we don't want them to think that there are. "
Believe in Yourself Week, which is now in its fifth year, has grown a little each year, Overman said. The week includes character building and team building activities.
"Monday is a big day," Overman said, noting that the day will begin with two Rachel's Challenge assemblies — one for elementary students and one for middle and high school students. "That afternoon at 1 o'clock, there's a training session where there will be 100 of our kids that will work with their trainer to keep it alive and how they can spread the word within the school."
Overman noted he had heard good things about the Rachel's Challenge presentation.
"I've not seen it — I've heard a lot about it and I went through their website and read a lot of things," he said.
"People who have gone through it are very impressed with it. We hope it's something that's good not only for now, but is something we can use in the future."
The community is invited to view the Rachel's Challenge presentation at 7 p.m. Monday at the middle school.
"That evening at 7 o'clock, we're going to have a community event, where they get the same presentation for the parents and the community," Overman said.
"Anybody can come to that presentation. "
Lessons learned in the Rachel's Challenge presentation will be included in other activities during Believe in Yourself Week.
"During the week, we'll use some of the things that they had presented and taught us, and on Thursday, we've got breakout sessions — we've got a health fair for the kids, we've got team building and then we're also going to make a chain reaction," Overman said.
The chain reaction, he said, will be displayed in the school's hallway.
"We're going to make a chain depicting their character and their positive message," he said. "It's something we're going to have in the hallway."
Activities are scheduled to continue on Thursday and Friday.
"We'll have a talent show that afternoon (Thursday), and then Friday morning we'll conclude with our talent show, and then in the afternoon we're going to have a little pep rally and finish with a 5K run," Overman said.
The run is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the school.
"It's for students and for anybody that wants to show up," he said. "It's for the community."
In addition to the self-esteem building benefits of Believe in Yourself Week, Overman said the week has educational value as well.
"I think it's a great thing for education," he said.
"For them to hit the high student achievement, they just have to have that personal pride in themselves to do well."