BETTENDORF — Students are being “caught doing good” at Lourdes Catholic School this year.
This program was introduced as a component of the character building program, said Colbie Andes, director of marketing and development for the school.
Teachers can “catch” students doing good acts based on the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
Each month, the school will focus on a different fruit. A student seen displaying that spiritual quality will receive a nomination and have his or her name entered into a drawing, which will take place at the end of each month. Prizes vary.
For September, 33 students in kindergarten through eighth grade were nominated for doing a variety of good works, Andes said. Examples include showing unconditional love toward others, helping classmates with school work when their teacher was busy, stacking chairs and doing other tasks for teachers without being asked.
Students are encouraged to talk about and practice these fruits at home too, Andes said.
September’s theme was love — caring for others unselfishly. October is joy — a happy, delightful state that results from knowing and serving God. November is peace — a sense of well-being and fulfillment that comes from trusting in God. December is patience — the ability to endure delay or hardship without complaint. January is kindness — being considerate, forgiving and warmhearted towards others.
February is goodness — as Christians are called to do what is good, valuable, virtuous and of moral excellence for the goodness of humankind. March is faithfulness — being full of faith, remaining true, loyal and dedicated. April is gentleness — being considerate, kind and humble both in attitude and in actions toward everyone. May is self control — controlling behavior with good choices, patience and self-discipline.