Building confidence: School promotes culture of success

When students walk in the doors on the first day of school, many are optimistic about the coming school year and look forward to their fresh start.

As many children have experienced in years past, that positive outlook fades as the school year progresses and even the best performers have the possibility to get burned out.

Programs at Seymour Middle School seek to reverse this stigma by creating a culture of success at school.

This year, Seymour Middle School and the Sixth Grade Center have adopted the motto “iCAN” — standing for “I contribute, I attend and I never quit.”

Middle school principal Doug McClure said the school holds the belief that every student is capable of learning.

“Each of you possesses an inherent ability,” McClure told students during a recent convocation. “It’s your responsibility to turn that into capability.”

The convocation was conducted in coordination with the iCAN project featuring guest speaker Kameron Chastain, a Seymour High School graduate and All-American swimmer at the University of Louisville, on Oct. 26. Chastain spoke to students about athletics and academics in college and how having an “iCAN attitude” helped him become successful.

He told students success takes hard work and sacrifices but contributing is more than waking up early.

“Contributing takes confidence,” he said. “When you build confidence you can start attending.”

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