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Pupils positivity proves profitable
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Warren County High School student Nick Stern was rewarded for his good behavior during halftime of Tuesday night’s boys basketball game. Stern earned $15 for making a free throw. Stern earned a chance to try for $100 by shooting a layup, free throw, and taking a halfcourt shot in exchange for one of his Pioneer Paychecks.
Students earn Pioneer Paychecks from faculty and staff members when they demonstrate positive behavior in the classroom, lunchroom or hallways. Students can accumulate Pioneer Paychecks and use them on incentives offered throughout the school year such as using them in exchange for tickets to high school athletic events, or use as a free pass to leave third period early and be first in line for lunch.
Several students used their paychecks to ride the positive behavior homecoming float during the homecoming parade.
River Park Hospital and the School Wide Positive Behavior Support Team are sponsoring Pioneer Payout at all home varsity basketball games this season. All WCHS students will have the opportunity to show their basketball skills and win money.
Students can bring their Pioneer Paychecks to each home varsity basketball game to enter a drawing to win $5 for a layup, $15 for a free throw, and $25 for a halfcourt shot. If the student makes all three, he or she will win $100. If a student is unable to hit all three shots, $100 will be carried over to the next home game. That makes all three shots worth $200 for the next home game scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14.
WCHS athletic director Todd Willmore said, “Since we have eight home games this year, there is a chance $800 could be won at the last game if no one makes all three shots before then. We are glad to be partnering with River Park Hospital to offer this incentive to the students for their good behavior.”
Many students are saving their Pioneer Paychecks until the end of the year when they can be used to pre-pay for lockers and parking spots to be used the following year. This way students won’t have to get to school an hour before registration and wait in line as has been typical in the past.
“The Positive Behavior Program is a great asset to the school this year,” said principal Tony Cassel. “The tendency in education has been when kids act up, to respond reactively and typically punish them, and obviously there are consequences of bad behavior. But we should also take time to let kids know what the good behaviors are and focus on good behavior.”