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Leslie M. Stover Middle School honors beloved 8th grade teacher with ‘Rush Week’ celebration

Posted: September 10, 2014 5:13 p.m.
Updated: September 10, 2014 5:05 p.m.
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Mike Rush with his fellow 8th grade teachers at Stover Middle

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Along with easing into a new school year, Leslie M. Stover Middle School students, faculty and staff had to learn to cope with the passing of beloved 8th grade social studies teacher, Mike Rush.

After the loss of Rush this summer, the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) team devised a plan to keep Rush’s memory alive among those both familiar and unfamiliar with him.

"We not only want to honor him adult-wise, but we felt like it was important for other students to know who he was," Stover Middle Principal Michael Garity, said.

According to Garity, Rush was a giver and he was very supportive of all of his students, so it was only natural for the PBIS team to devise a plan to honor Rush that would involve spreading his caring attitude throughout the school and community. Through their planning emerged the implementation of "Rush Week 2014."

"Rush Week" began Monday, and each day features an activity of giving that starts with each letter of the acronym of the school’s PBIS motto, "P.R.O.W.L."

Because Rush rewarded his students with Jolly Ranchers for positive behavior, each student will be rewarded a Jolly Rancher every day that he or she gives.

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