Beginning tomorrow, Mary H. Plummer Elementary School in Southeast Washington will join an elite group of eight elementary schools in the District that have their own honor societies.
Thirty proud students are scheduled for induction into the school's new achievement program.
Modeled after the national junior and senior high school honor societies, the small club is designed to emphasize academic achievement and service, as well as provide students with an opportunity to take field trips.
"We want to underline the importance of academic achievement at Plummer," Lynette Byrom, chairwoman of the honor society, explained.
Byrom said students with gradepoint averages of B or higher, who have demonstrated leadership ability, good character, service and citizenship, were selected by a school faculty committee for the school's honor society.
The program comes at a time when the public school system has begun to focus on successful students, after years of concentrating on poor student achievement and declining test scores.
Earlier this week in the school's auditorium, as other students sat pushing and shoving each other, the 30 honorees stood quietly in the back of the hall, preparing to march on stage, during practive for tomorrow's induction.
On stage, sixth grader Christina Simmons, 11, said becoming part of the honor society and getting good grades help in the long run, when it comes to getting a job: "Whatever job you get, you have to be good at it. That's why you should get a good education."
Another student, Arthur Clark, 11, a fifth grader, said the honor society is important to him simply because, "It will make me popular."
The honor society, according to school principal Ellsworth M. Mitchell, is the school's effort to recognize achievers after years of virtually ignoring them.
"We have been working so long with underachievers and average students that we have often overlooked students who do well," he said.
Mitchell said the 30 students, out of Plummer's enrollment of 457, will be inducted during the special assembly into the school's honor society by National Junior Honor Society students from Souza Junior High.
Plummer, at Texas Avenue and C streets SE, and four other of the District's 130 public elementary schools have their own honor societies, Mitchell said. Kimball, Draper and Stanton elementaries in Southeast and Noyes in Northeast are the others.
The other honor societies are in schools which include seventh and eighth grades and are part of the National Junior Honor Society. These schools are Brent and Winston elementaries in Southeast, and West Farragut Elementary in Northwest. Giddings Elementary in Southeast is planning to start a society later this year.