Rewards Program

The Rewards Program was piloted during the 2005-2006 school year in the Buchanan County public school system in Virginia and has achieved outstanding success. Qualifying schools receive numerous toys and other items which can be earned by students. This program is not based on a student's academic achievement but rather on students who exemplify positive character traits and appropriate behaviors both during the school day and within the community. School administrators will share with students, staff, and parents, clear expectations and guidelines as to how the Rewards Program will be implemented in their buildings. The rewards program also encourages a home and community component in which the child can achieve points at home for doing activities such as washing dishes or clothes, cleaning up the house, or doing something good for a neighbor. In addition, educational research shows that "any system which helps young people feel better about themselves is likely to prevent bullying behavior."

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