The Pick n Pay Hero Awards programme is now in its fourteenth exciting year! The awards continue to be an integral component of Pick n Pay School Club to celebrate everyday acts of heroism, such as bravery, kindness and tolerance, taking place in South African schools. Heroes are not just people that we read about in the news; there are heroes all around us!
The Pick n Pay Hero Awards aim to identify acts of emotional intelligence, by ordinary learners and teachers that turn the person into an extraordinary hero. An emotionally intelligent person displays both self-awareness and awareness of others.
Pick n Pay School Club has identified the following categories to help schools identify their heroes:
- Courage (being brave in the face of difficulty)
- Selflessness (putting others first)
- Kindness/Caring (to/for people, animals and the world/supportive of others)
- Respectfulness (honouring other people and treating them with dignity and/or thinking and acting in a way that shows others you care about their feelings and their wellbeing)
- Honesty (speaks truth and owns up when they make a mistake)
- Team player (works well with others in the classroom, and plays fairly on the playground and in sports)
- Environmental Awareness (displaying care for the environment e.g. picking up litter and implementing the 4 R’s: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle)
FOLLOW THESE FOUR EASY STEPS TO IMPLEMENT THE PICK N PAY HERO AWARDS, IN YOUR SCHOOL:
- Be aware of, and notice, any heroic acts by learners, no matter how small they may seem. Any action that displays the qualities, mentioned above, should not go unnoticed.
- Each month – from February to September – reward the learner, whom you have identified as the Hero of the Month, with a Hero Awards certificate, preferably at a gathering such as an assembly. You can also invite your local Pick n Pay Customer Services Manager to hand over the award, with the local newspaper present.
- Having identified the Hero of the Month, create a poster that includes the learner’s picture, a brief description of his/her act of heroism and a direct quote from the learner.
- Place the poster in a high-traffic area of your school.