Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School students participate in a kick-off assembly for the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports rewards program, a grant recently obtained for the school which encourages a positive, safe and respectful environment while instilling a sense of pride and motivation to be successful.
In a significant stride towards promoting a positive school environment and acknowledging students for their commendable conduct, Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School has been awarded a grant aimed at implementing a digital “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports” rewards program.
EPIC coach and teacher Jennifer Worthington and math teacher Julie Michel wrote the grant and are in charge of implementing the program. The school held a kickoff assembly earlier in September sharing the program, rewards and events with students.
Provided by The Smallwood Foundation, the grant will also fund the creation of a student store stocked with enticing rewards and various events throughout the academic year, celebrating students for their safe, respectful, and responsible behavior.
“We are rewarding Panther Points and students are redeeming them for a variety of things,” said Worthington. “Our Panther store is stocked with fidgets, spirt wear, PWL water bottles, friendship bracelets and more.”
The establishment of a student store is one of the key components of the program, brimming with a diverse range of rewards carefully selected to appeal to students of all ages and interests. These rewards will serve as an enticing incentive for students to actively participate in fostering a positive school atmosphere.
Additionally, the grant will facilitate the organization of various events throughout the school year, each dedicated to recognizing students who consistently uphold the principles of safety, respect, and responsibility. These events will not only acknowledge the students but also instill a sense of pride and motivation among the school community to maintain and exceed these standards.
“We have a raffle going right now for a chance to win a PWL sweatshirt, hat or sports bag,” said Worthington. “We also have events like kickball tournaments, minute-to-win-it games and other fun times that students can join by redeeming points.”
Worthington said she was excited about the grant’s potential impact.
“This grant will allow us to take our positive behavior initiatives to the next level,” she said. “The PBIS rewards program, the store, and associated events will encourage a culture of respect and responsibility among our students.”