Students participate in glowing games during party

Weidman Elementary students line up in preparation to dance the Macarena during their glow-in-the-dark STAR party on Friday. The lights were turned on after songs to help staff search for the next tune. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Gunther-Haas)

WEIDMAN — An effort to encourage good behavior at a Chippewa Hills elementary school in Weidman has youngsters looking forward to their half days.

On scheduled early release days, Weidman Elementary students who have upheld the school pledge to think responsibly before acting or reacting can participate in STAR parties. STAR represents Stop, Think, Act Responsibly. Students who have been sent to Principal Starr Lederer’s office during the month spend their morning hours working on homework.

“This is a way to promote good behaviors. Out of about 288 students in kindergarten through fourth grade, we only had 11 students who couldn’t participate,” Lederer said on Friday.

Lederer also noted STAR parties have increased attendance on half days, as students are excited to come to school and see the party theme for the month. The night before a party, staff and community members decorate the halls, gym and cafeteria to fit the new theme. Friday’s games and activities had a glow-in-the-dark theme.


Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at

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