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Many children dream of what cool job they can have when they grow up: Fireman, doctor, vet. For 7-year-old Jonathan, he wanted to start that job sooner rather than later.

At Westchase Elementary, in Tampa, FL, Jonathan participated in his first Boosterthon as a kindergartener and anticipated seeing the Boosterthon team on campus each year after that. As a second grader this year, he wanted to take his experience to the next level and become . . . an official Boosterthon team member.

But how could he pull off such a feat?

image1 2First, the uniform. He looked through his closet and found a blue shirt, khakis and sneakers (essentials). He dressed himself, but was missing one thing: the Boosterthon star.

Second, the star. He drew a star with a “B” inside of it, cut it out and taped it on the shirt. Not too bad for a homemade Boosterthon uniform!

His mom, Tara, said he started wearing different blue shirts so he could be in uniform every day. After school he’d gather his family in the living room and give the Team Huddle character lesson he’d learned that day.

After a few days of wearing a hand drawn star, he had a thought about making his uniform more official. His mom explains, “He actually asked me to print on the iron-on shirt transfer paper that I use for crafts, but I had to stop short of permanently marking EVERYTHING with the star!” They compromised by printing the logo on normal paper instead.

The last thing—a Boosterthon name. What did he choose? His mom explains, “he loved the support and enthusiasm he received from Lightening Liz, so he wanted a name that would make a good duo.” And that’s how he came up with . . . THUNDER BOY!

image1So, what’s going on with Thunder Boy today? Well, his favorite Big World Recess character lessons are “Play with Humility” and “Run with Endurance,” and his mom sees him applying these principles during hockey lessons and heavy homework nights.

“The team was so wonderful in embracing Jonathan's self-elected ‘internship,’” Tara says. “He has become more outgoing, reaching out to new students and making sure they have a buddy. The Boosterthon team made a tremendous impression on my son.”

Now that the program is over, Thunder Boy will still use the school year to cheer on his classmates and look for helpful ways he can impact his community. The only change is that he may have to let the uniform take a break and get back to wearing his “normal” school clothes.

Jonathan, we’re proud of you for joining our team and representing us with excellence (and joy!). Keep up the good work and remember to always live with character!

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