A Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputy is kicking off a program he founded to encourage students to want to help others.
According to Jonathan Goudeau, who is also a former Lafayette police officer, the theory behind the HERO program is to recognize students for their exemplary behavior.
A student likely to be nominated as a “hero” would always have a positive attitude, help others throughout the day, show teachers, staff, and other students respect, strive for excellence, encourage others, and display generous, contagious and outstanding behavior.
Every nine weeks, each teacher will nominate a student that best demonstrates those attributes.
Students who are nominated will receive a certificate and a small prize as recognition of their accomplishment.
Among the nominated students, one boy and one girl will be chosen from each category: elementary, middle and high school.
The selected students will receive a gift bag full of prizes and will attend a banquet at the end of the school year.
First Baptist Christian School is the first school to utilize the program, and Principal Susan Emerson hopes others will in the future.