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Every day there are employees who go out of their way to make a student’s or a fellow staff member’s day something extraordinary. These employees go above and beyond the normal job responsibilities or requirements in an effort to make the Baldwin-Whitehall School District a truly wonderful place. The Highlander Heroes Award is designed to recognize those “everyday heroes” that are among us.
- To recognize and reward extraordinary dedication to excellence in our schools
- To encourage and support staff members who dedicate themselves to the vision, values, and beliefs of our school system
- To clearly demonstrate the Baldwin-Whitehall School District’s commitment to the everyday heroes on our staff
- To give focus to and publicize the outstanding deeds and accomplishments of our staff that contribute to making our District exemplary
The award recognizes and honors exceptional individuals who make service a way of life. The award winner will be someone who makes selfless and extraordinary contributions, for the betterment of the local school community and beyond. Award recipients can be any Baldwin-Whitehall School District employee.
Recipients shall be honored at the Business Meeting of the Board of School Directors each month. Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis by the Superintendent’s Office, care of Mrs. Thea Hampsay. Please click here to submit a nomination.
Do the Right Thing
Recognizing and Rewarding our Children for Positive Behavior, Accomplishments, and Good Deeds
Every month, Do the Right Thing honors children in the Baldwin-Whitehall School District who distinguish themselves through their positive behavior. The top 10 nominees each month receive special recognition and prizes at a Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting. All nominees get a Do The Right Thing T-shirt and a certificate of recognition.
To reinforce social desirable behavior among young people
To demonstrate that “good kids” are newsworthy
To foster positive relations between police officers and youths
The purpose of Do The Right Thing (DTRT) of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District is to recognize and reward our youth for their exemplary behavior, accomplishments, and good deeds through partnerships with our three local police departments (Whitehall, Baldwin Township, and Baldwin Borough.) The DTRT Awards Program distinguishes exceptional school-age children who choose to be drug and crime free, exhibit non-violent behavior, do well in school, make a difference in their communities, and demonstrate turnaround behavior. Each month of the school year, parents, police officers, teachers, and other adults nominate children for “doing the right thing.” A selection committee then reviews the nominations and selects up to ten finalists for the month who are honored at a ceremony.
Joining Forces for a Better Tomorrow:
The idea for the Do The Right Thing Program was born in 1990 during a Miami Police Department awards ceremony when a teenager was recognized by the Chief of Police for turning in a loaded gun he found at his school. Community volunteers, who witnessed the impact of the positive recognition given to this teenager, decided to join forces with the Miami Police Department and develop an ongoing recognition program for students.
Today, Do The Right Thing is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to recognizing and rewarding school-age youth for positive accomplishments, behavior, and good deeds. The program ensures that young people are not only rewarded for “doing the right thing,” but also are publicly recognized as role models for their peers.
Giving our Young People the Recognition they Deserve:
Everyone needs to be recognized now and then for doing something good. That is exactly what Do The Right Thing is all about. Each month, in Miami alone, up to 1,000 students are nominated by teachers, parents, police, and other adults in the community for their good deeds and/or positive behavior.
With the assistance of a selection committee, up to ten students monthly will be chosen as top winners. They will be invited to a monthly Board meeting to be recognized and awarded certificates and/or prizes, donated by area businesses.
To learn more about our academic and athletics halls of fame, please click on one of the tabs below.
The Distinguished Highlander Alumni Hall of Fame will be awarded every other year and will recognize significant achievements of alumni of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.
The BWEF is independent 501(c)(3) whose mission is to support and recognize innovation and excellence within the Baldwin-Whitehall School District. We provide support to teachers, staff, and students through education grants and scholarships.
What is a Distinguished Highlander?
• A graduate from the district that has become a leader in their industry, field, or community.
• May or may not be currently holding the position(s) in which they achieved major success.
• May be living or deceased.
Honorees will become part of a permanent exhibition at Baldwin High School. The Class of 2017 will be celebrated at the BWEF Innovation and Excellence recognition banquet the weekend of March 11, 2017 at South Hills Country Club.
Please take the time to give careful consideration to making a nomination for a deserved candidate. All nominations will remain confidential. Nominations are accepted on a rolling basis; however, the deadline for the Class of 2017 is November 25, 2016.
The Baldwin-Whitehall Educational Foundation
The Baldwin-Whitehall School District's Athletics Hall of Fame Committee uses the following criteria to determine candidates for the District's Hall of Fame:
At least ...
- WPIAL champion
- PIAA champion or runner-up
- Big 33 Football Classic selection
- First-team all-state (The Associated Press or United Press International)
- All-American (example: swimming based on time—approximately top 25 in nation). (All-Americans based on media selection will not be considered.)
- NCAA or NAIA championship team member
- Olympics participant
- Professional athlete for a minimum of one year (highest recognized league in each sport
At least ...
- WPIAL champions
- PIAA champions or runners-up
Other individuals, including community members, who have made significant contributions to Baldwin-Whitehall Athletics are also eligible.
The inductees must have graduated from high school at least five years prior to being nominated. Eight out of 10 Hall of Fame committee members must concur for a team or an individual to be placed into the Hall of Fame.
You can send nominations (with supporting information) to the Baldwin High School Athletics Office (4653 Clairton Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 or to Vince Sortino at: firstname.lastname@example.org.