Caring Cougar Campaign
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Carrigan School has a Caring Cougar Award Ceremony each month. It involves teachers and students nominating one child from each 5th and 6th grade classroom as that month’s Caring Cougar, detailing what positive actions the student took that month, and honoring those youngsters at an assembly attended by each student’s entire grade.

Each student has an equal chance to be nominated by their teacher.

In the spring of 2015, Carrigan received a Connecticut School Counselor Association Professional Recognition Award for Outstanding Student Program this year for the initiative. 

A Caring Cougar is selected for demonstrating one of the following qualities: citizenship, acceptance, respect, responsibility, integrity, generosity, achievement and nurturing.

In most classrooms, students nominate peers for the honor and contribute to descriptions that teachers write about Caring Cougar students for the presentation in the auditorium. Then during the assemblies—one is held for each grade--administrators read the information about the students while presenting each with a certificate and a bumper sticker.

After all the Caring Cougars are announced, the social work and guidance department presents an interactive lesson on something being covered in the classroom, such as gossip or bullying.