Greeting high schoolers first thing in the morning benefits students, staff

By Cynthia Grau/WJEZ News

The Pontiac Kiwanis heard from Pontiac Township High School Assistant Principal Ryan Bustle Wednesday, who touched on attendance for the year, peer programs, tutoring and staff interactions with students.

Bustle said something they’ve been doing for awhile is greeting students at the front doors first thing in the morning, and it has proven beneficial for students and staff alike.

“We stand outside every morning. Mr. Bohm and I make it a point to not schedule meetings in the morning that can conflict with it. We stand right out front of the commons. We are there to greet our kids. We want them to see our faces in the morning and know what we’re there and know that they’re there. It’s funny, because when one of us aren’t out there, they recognize it and they call us out on it. It’s just another thing that helps us build the repoire with them so that they know we’re here for them and we’re here to help,” Bustle said.