Trent in the Classroom

The Power of Praise with Actor Trent Garrett and West Gate West Gate Elementary School

In March, Boys Town South Florida was excited to host and spend time with actor Trent Garrett at West Gate Elementary School, one of the schools where we have our Lift with Boys Town program. We joined forces to remind folks how powerful it is to praise children! Trent, a close friend of Boys Town, engaged with the students as they learned about the impact of positive words on their lives and the lives of others. The school's educators collaborated with Boys Town experts to share an interactive lesson plan. Together, they guided the children in creating "Praiselets" — bracelets designed to serve as reminders of the importance of self-praise.

When we praise children, we acknowledge their efforts and achievements, no matter how small. This recognition boosts their self-confidence and motivates them to continue to want to do well. Moreover, praise fosters a positive relationship between adults and children, creating a nurturing environment where children feel valued and supported. Praise helps kids thrive!

"When an adult praises a child four or more times, that child will likely repeat that praised behavior," shared Bethany Lacey, Executive Director of Boys Town South Florida. "Research from Boys Town demonstrates that positive praise, both in school and at home, significantly contributes to children's success."

At Boys Town South Florida, we teach parents, teachers and any caregivers in a child’s life the 4 to 1 ratio. For every corrective interaction with a child, there should be at least four instances of praise or positive reinforcement. By following Boys Town's 4 to 1 ratio, we can create a supportive environment that nurtures children's growth and well-being! Boys Town South Florida has partnered with The School District of Palm Beach County through our LIFT Together program to help more students thrive academically.