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Eighth-grader wins inaugural EGGO ward at RMS

Theresa Hamilton
Director of Districtwide Services
Rifle Middle School eighth-grader Garrett Robinson.
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For most, the term “EGGO” immediately brings the phrase “Leggo my Eggo” to the tip of the tongue.

Rifle Middle School eighth-grader Garrett Robinson won’t be letting go of his EGGO any time soon. It is deeply ingrained in him.

At the Dec. 8 Garfield Re-2 School Board meeting, Rifle Middle School teacher Dede Snead presented Robinson with the first ever — and hopefully first annual — EGGO award. At Rifle Middle School, EGGO stands for effort, gratitude, grit and optimism, characteristics that are emphasized at all grade levels, schoolwide.

To prepare for the school board presentation, Snead asked fellow staff members to describe Garrett in three words or less. Their responses included compassionate, genuine, integrity, reliable, kind-hearted, positive, honest, hilarious, caring, unassuming, role model, tenacious, fun-loving, respectful and goofy.

“Garrett Robinson is the first smiling face people see as they enter our building each morning,” said Snead. “Sometimes he is opening the door for you; sometimes putting up the parking easels in that very scary raceway termed parent pick up/drop off; sometimes you will find him opening doors for substitutes, giving tours to new students and parents who are scared to death at the thought of starting a new school. And always, he is putting their minds at ease with humor, laughter, sincerity, and that easy smile that just spreads across his face and at the very same moment melts your heart. He is everywhere there is a need, and he volunteers to help before anyone even asks him.”

The presentation was a surprise to Garrett, who sat through several other school presentations before his name was called. Though others may not view listening to school board presentations as fun, Garrett liked being part of the meeting even though he wasn’t sure why he was there.

“I liked listening to what our teachers are doing professionally,” he said with a wide smile. “But when Mr. Marlatt said there was a student presentation I got the idea that it was me that they were talking about because I was the only student in the room.”

Last Wednesday after the bell rang to begin the school day, Garrett was teaching a character counts lesson with other peer councilors to sixth-graders where they discussed the traits of fairness, caring and citizenship.

“These are the things that we want all of the students to know to build the culture at Rifle Middle and to support students in knowing how to act at school,” said Garrett.

Garrett is a member of the school’s basketball team, student council, school peer councilors and likes to help his father, Chad, who coaches the Rifle High School C-team basketball team. Being named the first EGGO recipient, Garrett said that he is happy about receiving the award, but that there is so much more to his school experience.

“I just want to help people,” he explained. “There are some kids that don’t get to go to school, and some that don’t want to be at school. There are kids that would give anything to be able to go to a school for free and learn. I want to make sure I make the most of my experience here.”

Teaching the character counts lessons falls right into Garrett’s wheelhouse because, he said, he loves to talk.

“I like interacting with people, whether I know them or not,” he explained the young man that wants to be a company CEO someday. “Talking with people is very easy for me.”

“I don’t know what the future holds for Garrett,” said Snead. “It will no doubt be an adventure he and his parents will be extremely proud of, but one thing I do know with certainty is that RMS will not be the same without you. You are one in a million, and a big reason RMS truly is the best.”

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