To all schools- Cut the trophies from your ceremonies. Answered
So yesterday I had a graduation ceremony at school. The school basically gave awards/trophies/certificates to people who made good grades, did well in Accelerated reader, and performed well in class. I personally got 2 awards, a certificate for making the A/B honor roll, and some fake $1,000,000 dollar bill that looks like it was straight out of Monopoly for reading over 1,000,000 words in the Accelerated Reader program. I promptly turned my certificate into a paper airplane and threw it in a corner where it will be forgotten until the end of time, and I wrote "OVER 9000!!!" on the fake bill.
Most people won't realize that these certificates won't be worth wiping butt with a year from now. Nobody will care what you made in Junior High in your final year of High school. Heck, the only highlight of the ceremony was that I was friends with the person who got the biggest trophy, and he let me borrow it for a few seconds, at that point I pretended it was a really really huge... I'll leave it to you to figure it out.
Anyways, I don't know why schools dump money into trophies made of fake plastic and (maybe) fake marble decorated up to look fancy. Here's an idea for these schools- Instead of spending money on trophies that will just sit and gather dust, and are really a pain to carry home, they should give the students cash money equal to the value of the trophies that they would have received. It certainly would give students an incentive to do well in school, since the amount of money they would receive would directly correlate with their performance in class and the number of awards they would get.
Tell me what you think of that idea in the comments. Thanks.