January 26, 2005
Our middle school developed a school wide reward program aimed at encouraging good behavior and taking the focus off of the negative. Students receive PRIDE points for good behavior in the classroom, on campus, and at school sponsored events. (PRIDE stands for Personal Responsibility In Daily Effort.) Once each grading period, we hold grade level PRIDE assemblies where achievements are recognized and students can win prizes from drawings they entered by cashing in their PRIDE points. Once each semester, we hold a school wide assembly to honor good behavior and achievements. Last time, the grand prize drawing was for a motorized scooter. Our administration liked this idea so much they implemented a similar system for the staff. We can now earn PRIDE checks to be used for drawings toward things like manicures, massages, and a free day off.