Last week, I handed out little wooden crosses to my 1st graders who had perfect attendance. A little girl was crying. Then another girl who won perfect attendance walked in and the crying little girl started bawling. She looked at me and said, “I can never win perfect attendance. Sometimes my dad does not drive me to mass.” By the way, she was absent this week.
Because of the crying little girl, I started an accomplishment program. Small token prizes can be won by doing assignments. The children can achieve religious medals, blessed items, crosses, religious items, etc. Achievement is all up to them, not a parent driving them. I remember as a small child, a 50 cent pumpkin that I won meant a lot to me. I am just trying to give them the same chance.