Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies announced today the winner of its third annual “Grants for Gratitude” program, awarding Waller Middle School teacher Stephanie Randolph $1,000 for her successful efforts to teach gratitude to students.
“Learning to identify and express your gratitude is a pivotal life lesson and a core part of our company values, “said Kyle Brownlee, chief executive officer of Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies. “Our hope is that the Grants for Gratitude program will inspire more schools to teach young people how showing gratitude positively affects your perspective, depth of relationships and overall happiness.”
Randolph strives to instill a servant leadership mindset in her students and encourage them to recognize and express the good they see in others. Every ‘Fabulous Friday’, Randolph selects one student to receive public praise by asking them to sit at the classroom’s front whiteboard while their peers surround them with words of affirmation they’ve written on sticky notes. Randolph is also a coach and sponsor of the Waller Middle School student council. She organizes efforts for her advisory class to volunteer in the Enid community during the school’s ‘Give to Others Week’ and helped the student council brand a new ‘Serve You Week’ last year.
Randolph was nominated by Jennifer Patterson, assistant principal of Waller Middle School, who said, “Mrs. Randolph is an innovative teacher and invaluable asset to our school. It’s been such a joy to see her build up the character of our students, and she’s very deserving of this grant.”
Wymer Brownlee’s Grants for Gratitude program takes place annually, awarding one teacher $1,000 to use at their discretion to support teaching gratitude and other life skills in the classroom. Parents, students and members of the community may nominate a deserving teacher on wymerbrownlee.com/gratitude between the start of the school year and Thanksgiving break. Winners are announced the first week of December.