By Tia Lynn Ivey
All four Morgan County schools participated in “Professional Dress Day” last week. Students across all four schools dressed in their best professional garb as part of a “KA$H Culture” effort, to teach students how to be successful in their future careers.
“Professional Dress Day is designed for our teachers, staff, and students to practice an essential element of the expectations of a professional work environment,” said Superintendent James Woodard.
“So often our students are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Learning to act your best and look your best is helping our students realize that their future goals are easily within their grasp. When you look professional, you act professional. They get it!” explained Sarah Burbach, assistant superintendent.
The KA$H program, rolled out in Morgan County schools in 2016, aims to add value to every student’s educational experience. KA$H, which stands for knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits is implemented in all grade levels and focuses on 21st century skills such as branding, interview skills, and conflict resolution.
Dressing professionally for a day is just one piece of the puzzle for success, say school officials.
“We were very excited at MCHS to implement this year’s first KA$H culminating activity, Professional Dress Day,” said Heather Fuller, career pathway coordinator for Morgan County High School. “This event gave students a chance to showcase their knowledge, attitude, skills, and habits that revolve around the themes of professionalism and etiquette. The purpose of implementing a KA$H Culture is to introduce 21st century skills in a K-12 learning environment, while ultimately preparing students to be college and career ready!”
School officials noticed the pride and joy students exhibited in dressing professionally for the day.
“The students at Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) came in Wednesday morning excited and proud as they were dressed professionally for our system wide Professional Dress Day. It was a great opportunity for our students to present themselves as a professional after teachers taught KA$H lessons on how to dress and present themselves professionally in both the workplace and community,” said MCMS Principal Hillary Meeler.
At the Primary School, we spend much of the time at the beginning of the year getting students used to routines of the school. KA$H skills such as making eye contact and giving a handshake when meeting someone new are a natural part of our routines,” said MCPS Principal Lisa Daniel. “Professional Dress Day allows us to take the skills students are learning a step further and talk about how these skills will be applied when students have a job or career.”
But it wasn’t all work this week for some Morgan County students. MCMS students were able to play and dance out their energy at the annual MCMS Dance-A-Thon.