Harris County Precinct Three Commissioner Steve Radack believes educational achievement is a vital part of propelling the next generation toward a bright future.
As a way of showing his support for students, he founded the Precinct Three S.T.A.R.S. Incentive Program in 1990. S.T.A.R.S. stands for Super Terrific Absolutely Remarkable Student and is a recognition program aimed at middle and intermediate schools in Precinct Three.
In addition to being popular with educators, tens of thousands of local students have been recognized since the creation of the unique program. Just since 1998, when the precinct started counting, more than 63,000 students have been recognized.
S.T.A.R.S. is intended to encourage the so-called average student who might not otherwise be praised or acknowledged. It’s a "pat on the back" for the child who some might say is "in the middle" – not "at risk" or high achievers.
Administrators, counselors, faculty and staff members help Commissioner Radack identify students who, for one reason or another, deserve special recognition. Every school is provided with a form to list students and why they are being recognized. Some of the things that have qualified students for recognition in the past are good citizenship, hard work, helping others, teamwork and showing leadership.
Once forms are completed, they are returned to Precinct Three. Commissioner Radack writes the students a congratulatory letter, which is returned to the school along with a free prize coupon for that student. Every year, restaurants within Harris County donate the coupons used for the program.
Commissioner Radack realizes most schools have recognition and incentive programs. But, he firmly believes, recognition from outside the school system is vital and provides the chance for educators, the community and local government to work together to help students succeed.
Educators wanting more information about the popular Precinct Three program should contact Kirby Beck at (713) 274-3169. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org