Lister Elementary has many outstanding partnerships, but few compare to the longstanding partnership we have with the Pacific Lutheran University Football Program. This partnership has gone on for more than 30 years.
Each fall, the PLU Football Coach and many of his players come to Lister and lead our students in a school-wide assembly that truly sets the tone for attitudes, choices and behavior for the school year.
The team follows up with ongoing "Big 5" character education messages that are modeled week upon week as the players return to Lister and volunteer in classrooms. Students sit with rapt attention as the young men lead them through concepts and actions of compassion, kindness and generosity. They share an important message of "put ups" versus "put downs."
Their positive impact and presence is difficult to capture in words, but it is felt throughout the building with both students and staff alike.