Dear Community of Mona Shores Public Schools,
We are living in a society where participation trophies have become the norm. I am not a fan of participation trophies. I do like trophies when a youngster earns something special through goal setting, hard work, and perseverance
Let me introduce you to a well-deserved trophy winner. One of our Sailor Crewmates at Lincoln Park Elementary, Mason Schlafer. Mason is a 5th grade student who has reminded all of us how goal setting, hard work, and perseverance leads to success.
M-Live article about Mason's adventure
At a recent Community Forum for Phase 3 - Master Facility Planning, I met Mason’s dad, Matt Schlafer. Mr. Schlafer and I proceeded to have a conversation regarding Mason’s recent accomplishment. This conversation left me feeling inspired
This past fall, Mason made the headlines:
- As a member of Cub Scouts Pack #4055 (Ross Park Elementary), Mason set a goal of becoming the top salesman in the State of Michigan, selling popcorn.
- Mason’s actions became legendary, working hard for 2 months, canvassing over 800 homes, regardless of rain or time away from enjoying video games.
- Perseverance fueled Mason’s drive to raise money for Pack #4055 to purchase trophies for the “Pinewood Derby,” not just for this year, but for years to come. Mason earned enough commissions to purchase trophies for 10 years!
- Mason sold over $15,000 door to door, $6,300 at storefronts and $850 online for a grand total of $22,150. That not only eclipsed the previous state record of $14,440, but also broke a 13 state regional record of $18,730.
Mason fully understands his hard work and efforts do indeed pay off. He understands that he has made a difference for others going forward.
In the future, Mason will be at our middle school and high school, which both use the same positive behavior P.R.I.D.E. framework. I am grateful for the support and emphasis our school community has on teaching and instilling character traits, traits that truly prepare our students for college, career, and life!
In the future, I have a feeling that Mason’s character traits will earn more than a trophy for his accomplishments!