“Good behavior is Celebrated at Denison Elementary!
We created the Purple Hands Honor Roll to reward our students!”
♥ Former counselor, Lori Phillips, began the Purple Hands Pledge® in March of 2003. 18 years later, Denison Elementary and Broadway Schools continue to support our powerful message.
♥ Every morning, Denison Elementary students and staff say the anti-violence Purple Hands Pledge® to help pay attention to the things we say and do to ourselves and others that can be hurtful.
♥ The Purple Hands Pledge® shows our unity as a school. We all should think before we say or do something that could hurt ourselves or others.
♥ “Another important part of the program is the symbol of the Purple Hand with a Red Heart in the middle. This symbol is easily recognizable to the students and is a visual reminder of what the Pledge means, especially to those not reading yet. We have the Purple Hand/ Red Heart symbol displayed in several areas of our school as a reminder to students to follow the Purple Hands Pledge®.” – Karin Thiele, Elementary School Counselor
♥ Purple Hands Honor Roll, a school-wide activity, recognizes all students who have not used their Hands Or Words For Hurting Others. In order to make the honor roll, a student must be able to recite the Purple Hands Pledge® and must not be caught using their Hands Or Words For Hurting.
♥ If a student breaks the pledge and uses their hands or words to hurt someone else, a note is sent home and the student is taken off the honor roll. The students on the honor roll have their names posted on a list outside the principal’s office, as well as on a certificate, and will receive a small prize, like an official pin or a wristband with the Purple Hands Pledge® on it.
♥ Denison even has a Purple Hands Mascot, Pixie! Pixie likes to hand out rewards each quarter to the students who make the honor roll.
♥ “In the 2020-21 school year, 95.9% of our students were rewarded!” –Tracy Beeck, Counselor, Denison Elementary