Is it Wizardry or just an Elementary school in Lehi, Utah?by Jenifer Ramsey-Palomarez and James Young
Students attending Sego Lily Elementary School in Lehi Utah this year might feel a lot like an enchanted world. You can tell there is something special going on here when your first step into the main entrance.
Speaking with Courtney Johnson, the principal at Sego Lily Elementary, we find out that she has implemented a program known as “My Troll Patrol”.
My Troll Patrol program encourages pro-social behavior by teaching students how to empathize with others and provides a framework for positive social interactions. “Honesty, respect, friendship, responsibility, kindness, and determination are only a few of the values taught in the My Troll Patrol program that encourage autonomy and positive self-concept. These lessons also help students discover their own greatness”, explains Mrs. Johnson.
The trolls provide a mystical experience that draws kids into a magical world that is hard to resist. As students participate in the My Troll Patrol program, they become more confident, by increasing their capacity to make and keep friends. Communities need to rally when children are young (and receptive) and teach the lessons and strategies for handling the hard decisions and situations children will face each day. My Troll Patrol offers stories, lesson plans, reader’s theater scripts, close reading, family connection lessons and a host of student incentive items. The lessons reinforce behavior that increases self-esteem, improves self-concept, cultivates strengths, and promotes feelings of belonging.
From young girls in a princess club to baby boomers playing Bingo on a Friday night, everyone yearns to belong. By learning to develop strong friendships and life skills, students increase their potential for pro-social and positive behavior. Unfortunately, when students feel self-doubt, low self-esteem, or feelings of inferiority those feelings often lead to anti-social and destructive behaviors. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states, “For youth between the ages of 10 and 24, suicide is the third leading cause of death. It results in approximately 4,600 lives lost each year.” This is such a sad and tragic statistic that My Troll Patrol is determined to make a difference and put a stop to these harmful behaviors.
Troll Troops have been created to help students feel connected and part of something more than themselves. Fantasy football makes its way into millions of lives because of the connectedness individuals feel when working as a team. “Our goal is for My Troll Patrol to do the same”, says Mrs. Johnson.
One thing is clear for the students attending this school; they are all in for a magical experience.