FRONTENAC — The sweet smell of cookies and cupcakes for a birthday celebration filled the air in the Frontenac School Library on Wednesday.

Frontenac Junior High students, who have birthdays in July through September, celebrated their birthday with treats.

Frontenac Junior High Principal Mike Martin said the faculty came up with an idea to recognize students’ birthdays in the spring of last year.

“We want to build relationships in the school and district,” he said. “We found this was a good way to reach out to kids.”

Frontenac Junior High Reading Teacher Jamie Reagan said she shared the idea with parents and during open house in August it was decided to make the celebrations happen through the donation of treats by the parents.

“Parents donated all of this,” Reagan said as she motioned towards all of the cookies and cupcakes which filled the table. “This is more than we could ever need.”

Reagan said not only do the students get a little treat and break out of class for their birthday, but they have an opportunity to mingle and make friends with students they may not have before.
“Reason for this is to help them realize they are important,” she said. “We have a warm, welcome place for students to enjoy — and who doesn’t like a good treat?”

Reagan said she plans to continue with monthly birthday celebrations  throughout the school year.

FJH student Arik Allen said it was cool to be able to celebrate his birthday and his classmates’ together.

“It is pretty cool to get to celebrate their birthdays especially if they didn’t really get to celebrate,” he said. “It is a chance to have fun on their birthday.”

FJH student Alex Henry agreed.

“This is the best day ever at school,” he said.

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.