A short ceremony at Brookfield High School last week garnered much attention, as a $500 check was presented from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation (MRTF) to BHS Prinicpal Vicki Enyart. This check was awarded to BHS over the other 11 applicants in the school’s region, and was awarded because of Brookfield’s Very Important Bulldog (VIB) program.
“This award validates that our focus is in the right area and making a difference for kids,” said Mrs. Enyart. “Teachers don’t do what they do for the money. We have the rare opportunity to make a positive change in people’s lives.”
The presentation began with remarks by Sam Berkowitz, District Three Vice-President of the MRTF. Berkowitz explained that only 14 grants were awarded in the State of Missouri. The selection committee was made up of former teachers in the region.
Berkowitz recognized Scharlotte Liebhart, the immediate former Vice-President of Region three, and then introduced Bill Ray, who presented the check to Mrs. Enyart. Mr. Ray spoke to the students about the award, and how education had changed over the years. He then presented the $500 check to Mrs. Enyart.
What is the VIB Program?
The Very Important Bulldog Program was founded this year by Mrs. Enyart. Quoting from her grant application for the MRTF:
“Every student, not just the gifted, or the athletic, or the lower [performing] academic student, deserves to be recognized for academic effort and for doing their best at school. Every student deserves to feel valued and supported for making the ‘right decisions’ regarding their personal responsibility for their own education. Every student needs to know it’s OK to fail and fall down, BUT, that they must stand up and try again, so there can by success! This is what the BHS Very Important Bulldog Program strives to do.”
“Every student comes to us with different backgrounds and abilities,” said Enyart. “Some are not the best athletes, some are not the best academics, and we feel that the VIB Program is the great equlaizer. We reward kids for being good people. It all comes down to the person you are on the inside.”
The VIB Program rewards students on a quarterly basis, with as many as 40 students being recognized for meeting the requirements listed above. All winners are honored at an assembly, in which parents, community members, and school board members are in attendance. This focus on academics, according to Enyart, raises the value on academics to not only the student, but the public at large. The winners also receive Bulldog Bucks for use in the BHS Cafeteria, a t-shirt, and a pizza party.