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Canopy Oaks Elementary School in Tallahassee, Florida began using the Can Do Duck books during their 2008-2009 school year and used them again in the 2009-2010 school year. Here's how Carol Barineau, Principal at Canopy Oaks described how the school incorporated the books:

I want to share with you just how much we enjoyed your book, The Can Do Duck: A Story About Believing in Yourself, last year. We had a grand year.  Last year the school wanted to meet the federal guidelines for yearly progress and be graded an A school by the Florida Department of Education as it had done in previous years. Every teacher had 3 index cards for the year with 3 goals: a personal goal, a professional goal as a teacher, and a goal for the children. Every teacher was given a Can Do Duck book and a rubber duck in their Welcome Back To School Bag in August. We also ordered 800 yellow ducks for all the students. Every teacher in the school read the book to their students within the first 3 days of school.

We had posters in every classroom with the Can Do Duck pledge, "I say I can. I make a plan. I get right to it. And then I do it!" The children would frequently repeat this pledge in class and at student assemblies. Parents were informed about the pledge in the school newsletter. Every class set goals and every child could earn a duck. Ducks were visible on desks, bookcases, and file cabinets throughout the school.

By the end of the year each child earned their own duck. The books were used for students from pre-K through 5th grade. They earned ducks when the student or class accomplished a goal. For example in K, when students knew their lunch number and could enter it in the lunch line, they earned their duck. The 3rd, 4th and 5th graders received a duck for doing their best on the Florida Assessment Test (FCAT). We were very proud that as a result of all the hard work by our teachers and students our school received an A, the highest grade from the Florida Department of Education.

We will be using the 2nd book (Can Do and Friends to the Rescue: A Story about Getting Along and Working Together) this year to reiterate how important it is that we all work together as this is my last year as Principal here.......I retire in August 2010. We have strong teams and have focused on team building and building relationships since opening the school in 1998. We will be ordering ducks and other animals this year to emphasize the theme of working together.

Next year, I hope the new principal will continue with Book 3 (Can Do and the Storm: A Story About New Beginnings) which is about change. With new leadership there is sure to be change, but as I continue to share with staff and faculty, change is a good thing and is the one constant in our lives.  Thank you again. We thoroughly enjoyed the Can Do Duck books.


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