School lunch has a whole new meaning!

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Fifth-grade students from Wildwood Elementary School were rewarded for being “Kids with Character” during a recent trip to Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q in The Villages. The restaurant was one of the locations that offered students a free meal for exhibiting the traits of good character—trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The purpose of the exercise is to help students spend their school days concentrating on learning and avoiding behavioral distractions while exhibiting strength of character. Students who have shown these qualities during the week are entered in a drawing and rewarded for their efforts to focus and work hard.

Principal John Temple, who accompanied students Adair Benitez, Kylie Carr, Spencer Casper, Kenya Davis, Jayden Johnson, and Audra Squire, says, “The students must know that strong character coupled with an education can take them to great places in this world. We want to reward them for their efforts, and hopefully that will encourage others to embrace these qualities, too.

” “It was fun to have lunch with the principal,” says Kyle Carr. She also said she was excited to enjoy the delicious ribs. Temple says the plan is to continue rewarding good character so the students of WES will go on to become productive citizens of Wildwood and Sumter County.

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