Wakulla County School District may be opening a brand new school this fall, but Riversink Elementary will be continuing traditions of excellence established throughout the District. One of those traditions is the practice of recognizing and rewarding positive behavior and good work. Superintendent David Miller delivered the original Wakulla School District Principal's Treasure Chest to Riversink Principal Jackie High this summer in preparation of the new school opening.
When Superintendent David Miller was principal at Shadeville Elementary School in the early 1980's, his teachers; including, Lessie Crum, Donna Kendrick and Theresa Hernandez, encouraged him to implement a program that is now widely known as the Principal's Treasure Chest. David Miller said, "I decided to contact Othan Porter, whose wife Ruth worked as a teacher assistant at Shadeville. Othan is an accomplished carpenter and I knew he could build the treasure chest I envisioned. I asked him to construct a wooden treasure chest that students could visit when they were caught being good. And he agreed."
Othan Porter constructed the very first Wakulla County Elementary School Treasure Chest for Shadeville more than 25 years ago. Since then, every Elementary School Principal has had a treasure chest made and filled them with trinkets, prizes and school carnival leftovers. Teachers and staff send students throughout the year to the treasure chest in an effort to encourage good choices, good manners and good work. Riversink Principal Jackie High noted, "It is special to receive the original treasure chest. I began my career at Shadeville where this same treasure chest program was used."