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Trust Card program emphasizes privileges and consequences

Moulton Middle School program teaches students about responsibility

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Moulton Middle School is using the Trust Card program that encourages students to learn about respect and responsibility.(Source: WAFF) Moulton Middle School is using the Trust Card program that encourages students to learn about respect and responsibility.(Source: WAFF)
LAWERENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Moulton Middle School is using the Trust Card program that encourages students to learn about respect and responsibility. This is the first year for the program. If a student breaks a rule, they give up their card and are temporarily not allowed to do things like: being able to sit where they want during lunch and to use cell phones. Students can lose their trust cards for misusing technology, for being late for class three times, and for being disrespectful.

Eighth-grader Tanner Hood and Seventh-grader Abby Cook along with other from the student leadership team worked with administrators to form the trust card program.

"I love it. I do not want to lose mine or have it taken. It just teaches me to do what's right and not go and do something stupid and get it taken away and lose all my privileges," Hood said.

"The trust cards are to teach you responsibility to and to keep you from making the silly mistakes you'd make otherwise and say, 'oh, well, that doesn't matter. It makes you think about your actions more than you would otherwise," Cook said.

The punishment typically lasts a short time, usually a day or two. For a student to get it their trust card back, the student has to talk with the teacher about what happened.

Moulton Middle School Principal Stacie Givens said,"The great thing about is that the teachers actually sit down with the students and explain why they lost their trust card. And then the two of them work together to come up with a better solution to that behavior."


The Trust Card program is used nationally. Givens said they considered implementing it after studying the success a Talladega County high school has with the program.

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