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Kids' charters show when children are good citizens.

Byline: Nic Marko Reporter news@gazettemedia.co.uk

ENCOURAGING children to behave well in shops is among the aims of a Teesside school's good citizenship scheme.

Some 10-year-include honest holding others always someone care.

Pupils at St Patrick's Primary School in Thornaby have devised "children's charters" to be displayed in local shops and which celebrate good citizenship.

local Nabeela The stores will hand out "reward citizenship" stickers to children who show positive behaviour in the local community.

and offers both the local She marvellous, The charters have been created by students in their PSHCE (personal, social, health and economic education) lessons in school, with the aim of encouraging high moral values and good manners.

good, the "if they as then that's thing as want behave "It's important to be well behaved in shops so we can always think to behave anyway," said Codie Kemp, a pupil at the Westbury Street school.

Some examples of 10-year-old Codie's charters include always being honest to people, always holding the door open for others when needed and always giving help if someone is in need of care.

Local pharmacist Nabeela Ahmed is enthusiastic about the charters and believes the scheme offers great benefits for both the children and local citizens.

She said: "I think it's marvellous, it's a really good, positive thing for the community.

"If they are being recognised as well behaved, then that's always a good thing as it makes them want to continue to behave positively.

"To be fair, the schoolkids here are generally well behaved anyway."

The stickers the shops give the children for their positive attitudes then count in school as points which can win them prizes.

The rewards include having a hot chocolate with the headteacher, W H Smith vouchers and sets of stationery.

Theresa Ryan, a trainee teacher at the school who led the PSHCE lessons, believes the scheme has allowed the children to flourish.

"It's about promoting how to be a good citizen in the local community," she said.

"When the younger ones were doing it, the older ones were actually working with them, so a lot of the ideas have come from the children and we've just guided them really.

"I think it encourages other children to want to be good citizens, so they're acting as good role models. And the fact it's being celebrated in school promotes it a bit more."

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Date:Feb 13, 2016
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