It’s Winter Sale Time!

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It’s that time of year again! Time for our annual Winter Sale!  Place an order and get 10% off your merchandise total when you prepay with a credit card.  All our awards are included: rosettes, ribbons, silver, trophies, medals and more!

Use keycode W12120213E to get your discount over the phone or online.

Don’t need your awards until the spring? We can schedule your delivery for a later date so you can still get the discount!

 

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Student Recognition and Award Programs Reinforce Achievement

Today’s students are involved in a wide variety of activities in and out of the classroom. They participate in Spelling Bees, athletics, reading contests, clubs, and Science Fairs to name just a few. There are also many classroom opportunities to celebrate success and accomplishment every day.  A simple, budget friendly recognition program can provide the tools needed to encourage achievement and motivate students to perform at their highest level – while still having fun.

Good Job!
Rewarding students for positive contributions and achievements builds self-esteem and confidence. With feelings of confidence come positive behavioral choices immediately apparent to teachers, school administrators, and parents alike. Sometimes a well-timed “excellent!” or “good job!” is all that is needed.  

Opportunities for Recognition
Take every opportunity to celebrate and reward successes – the small ones and the big ones.  Think about using simple recognition awards every day when you are asking your students questions about homework, helping out other students, or participating in class.   Here are some recognition opportunities to consider:

  • Academic excellence – Celebrate specific milestone accomplishments in Reading, Writing, Science, and Math. Students who show extraordinary scholastic achievement deserve recognition along with students who are working hard to improve their grades.
  • Classroom participation – Maintaining a high level of classroom participation can often be a struggle. Simple classroom participation ribbons are a great way to get students excited about participating in class.  If they are participating they are learning!
  • Spelling Bee – The Spelling Bee is a traditional competitive event where there can be many winners.  Consider participant awards for all of those students that participated in the event.  Adding your school identification to any award makes the award important and special.
  • Citizenship – Recognize students with all around good behavior, manners, and respect for others. A most worthy award!
  • Attendance – Good attendance should be rewarded at end of year award ceremonies but also consider using attendance awards more frequently during the school year.  Try a monthly attendance award.
  • Student of the Month – Create your own Student of the Month Award to reward students exceeding your expectations.
  • Leadership – Reward the students that provide leadership for classroom projects and activities.
  • End of the year award ceremonies – All students have unique abilities and interests and it is important that their individual qualities are recognized at end of the year award ceremonies. From an award for “Being on Time All the Time” to “Always Completes their Homework” to the “Mad Scientist” award (most creative with their Science experiments), these rising stars all need a pat on the back.

What Types of Recognitions and Awards Should You Give?
There are many factors to be considered when choosing the right recognition program for your school or classroom, including: What milestones or behaviors do I want to reward?  Do I want my recognition awards customized with school logo and personalized messages? How do I get the most value on a limited budget?

The following is a list of recognition award solutions to help you make the right choice for your program.

  • Ribbons and Ribbon rolls – Kids love ribbonsRibbon rolls are one of the most cost-effective choices teachers and school administrators can make to reward students. A teacher or principal can easily store hundreds of customized ribbons on a single ribbon roll and just cut them off the roll to award students as needed. Ribbons and ribbon rolls are make great on-the-spot awards – economical and easy to use when you want to reward a student immediately in class.  Customized ribbon rolls can be printed with your school logo and your own personal achievement message.
  • Buttons and pinsButtons and pins are another economical way to appreciate students for a job well done. They are also a preferred choice for building school spirit.  Why not hand all students a button customized with the school mascot to display their pride at major athletic events, musical performances, or even to welcome them back to school. Any school sponsored activity can be acknowledged with personalized buttons, giving students who wear them a feeling of belonging and pride.
  • Medals Medals are an exceptional way to recognize a student who has achieved a great milestone or goal. They are typically given at award ceremonies where a student is called upon to take center stage before his peers and be recognized for academic or athletic excellence.
  • Dog tagsDog tags are the hottest trend! Kids love wearing customized dog tags on chains and using them as key chains.  Customized dog tags provide a unique way to recognize students and give them a sense of pride and honor when participating in school activities and athletics. They are a great choice for recognizing individual or team accomplishments.
  • Plaques and trophiesPlaques and trophies are the traditional recognition awards preferred for End of the Year Awards ceremonies. These are awards students will cherish for a lifetime and frequently are displayed on a student’s bedroom shelf or hang on their wall as a constant reminder of their achievements.

Recognition and award programs can have a major impact on academic performance and are easy to implement, especially in K through 4th grade classrooms.  All students have a need to be recognized for jobs well done. Confidence soars, grades improve, school pride escalates, and students are primed for continued success throughout their educational careers.  After all, who couldn’t use a little recognition for a job well done every now and then?

4-H Field Trip

This morning we were the lucky hosts to members of the 4-H club from Franklin, Connecticut.  After earning a few of their own ribbons, they took a field trip to visit our Rhode Island factory and see how awards are made. 

Here are a few photos from the tour with Rick Hodges:

Snapping together freshly printed Cloverbud dog tags

Checking out rosette assembly (the red, yellow and green boxes are Empire rosette tops)

Standing with our Holsworthy rosettes- they were almost as big as the girls!

Posing with our Hodges mascot after the tour.

Are you part of a school, equestrian, 4-H or community group that would like to tour or Rhode Island or Missouri facilities?  Let us know and we’ll be happy to work something out!

Get Creative With Your Awards

Over the past year our Art Department has been at work increasing our offerings of stock designs and available artwork for your use. Now that we’ve got a wider selection, we want to make it available for your use across product lines.  Here are a few of the customization options that are now possible with your ribbons, medals and trophies.

 First, you can now color-coordinate your pieces to match by using the same design on rosette side streamers, neck ribbons attached to medals, and trophy columns.  Check out the full selection of designs on our webpage here.  

These products all use the Red Equestrian design.

Here is an 11" trophy, Empire Rosette, and XBX medal all using the Agility Course design.

 Second, you can match your rosette button centers to your medal centers.  In addition, our full color equestrian stock designs are now available as stock options for our full color plaques

All products shown with our Combined Training design.

 Have you ever had the opportunity to do something creative with your awards?  What did you do?

Assembling a Wind Turbine- Part II

This past Wednesday, the weather, availability of the giant cranes, contractors and other factors finally aligned and enabled us to erect the remaining portion of our wind turbine.  Here are a few photos to show you what “went down” (or up, rather).

First the third and final section of the tower had to be raised up and lowered into place. The tower is 98 feet tall.

Then the nacelle, which houses the gear box and generator (and is bigger than a truck) was bolted on top of the tower.

Here's a better shot of the full tower. Cables were used to help align the nacelle.

Next, the three 49-foot blades were attached to the hub and raised up.

Then with more careful alignment, the hub was attached to the nacelle.

With the structure in place, we are now waiting for the electric company to test and commission the turbine.  Of course, we’ll let you know once it’s fully operational.

How to Assemble a Wind Turbine- Part I

If you have been following our facebook page, or caught some local news, you may know that the assembly of our wind turbine began this week.  A large crane, some forklifts and careful execution helped ‘un-stack’  the turbine tower components and lay out the blades, tower and nacelle.

I am calling this post “Part I” because as you will see below, right now only the base section of the tower is standing.  The crane will return this weekend to complete the tower segments and the blades too, should weather and time allow.  Of course, more photos will be posted here once that occurs.

Unstacking the three tower segments

Getting the base segment of the tower upright

... and lowering it into place

Moving a blade- each one is 49 feet long

And the base in place. Almost looks like part of a space ship.

Introducing the Winner’s Circle Medals

Each medal has unique 3D detailing

If you’ve ever had the chance to look at a young athlete’s medal collection, you may have noticed something– there are usually a few medals hanging up in multiples.  Which leads to the next question– what do we have that’s new or different?  With both budget and unique design in mind, this year we created the Winner’s Circle medal series.

Our 2-1/2 inch medals are exclusively available directly from Hodges Badge Company, and come in antiqued gold, silver and bronze finishes. Available sports include: baseball, basketball, football, men’s gymnastics (2), women’s gymnastics (2), swimming (2), men’s track & field,  and women’s track & field.  For other sports, consider the Victory and Star Performer medals.  There are also two academic designs- the Lamp of Learning and Stack of Books.

Putting the medals in your hand, they feel heavy and substantial- similar to more expensive medals.  The Winner’s Circle medals start at just $1.35.  You can choose to customize the awards with our printed satin neck ribbons.

What do you look for when chosing a medal?  Does having something different make your awards more memorable?