The most common end of year award is for attendance. Students can be rewarded for each quarter, semester, or for the entire school year. This is a popular reward mainly because everyone is in with a chance of winning. Students do not need to have excelled in any kind of academic achievement, they just need to have attended school. Attending school has obvious benefits for student learning, and so some schools go to some length to ensure that these students receive more than just a certificate at the end of the year.
Next school awards, for showing good character, are another way you can reward any of your students regardless of academic achievements. Many schools use the Character Counts education program, but even if you don’t, the principles that it endorses are great for any elementary classroom. So, awards for trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship will cover a whole variety of situations.