It is often said that chivalry is dead, however nothing could be farther from the truth if you ask students at Copeland Elementary School in Huffman ISD. Copeland students participate in a program called Early Act First Knight. Dr. Randall Parr and Chris Byrd developed the program in conjunction with the Knights of The Guild and work in a cooperative relationship with participating districts and sponsorship of individual Rotary International Clubs. The purpose of the EAFK program is to help develop young people into ethical, morally sound, community-oriented, self-disciplined adults who will become responsible members of society in the future. This is accomplished by following the prepared curriculum and daily character lesson plans in the classrooms. Students earn points throughout each school day by performing various acts of kindness, showing responsibility, and following the “Code of the Knights.” Teachers select a student from each of their classes to be awarded a medallion at the knighting ceremony that is conducted at a school assembly in front of their classmates, teachers and school administrators. Family members are also invited to the presentation and stand on the stage while their child receives their award. To learn more about EAFK and the Knights of The Guild, visit Photo: Second and third grade students at Copeland Elementary who were awarded achievement medallions at the school’s knighting ceremony. Photo by David Stuhlmiller

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