“PAWS”itive learning taking place at Adams Elementary

Adams Elementary is changing the culture of their campus one PAW at a time thanks to the school’s newest Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program, PAW Bucks.

The PAW Bucks program was created to reward students for their good behavior and according to School Counselor Graciela Gil there are a variety of ways to do so.

“We base the distribution of Paw Bucks on the school’s four “Be Rules”- being positive, being respectful, being responsible and being safe,” said Gil. “And for every PAW Buck the student earns, they are able to use that at our monthly store.”

The PAW Store is open once a month in the school’s cafeteria during lunch and includes an array of goodies such as pencils, drawstring bags, small toys, prizes and even an opportunity to get your name on a banner. Along with the prizes, the school also offers other incentives.

“We noticed that some of the older students were not very thrilled with the prizes so we offered them wearing a hat for the day, eating lunch with a teacher, being an assistant manager for the day where students can help the front office, the cafeteria workers or even a P.E. class,” added Gil.

Teachers are encouraged to give out PAW Bucks because they can benefit as well.

“On the back of every PAW Buck it has the teacher’s name that distributed it,” said Gil. “The teachers are entered into a raffle  to win prizes such as extra teaching supplies, a special teaching parking spot, just to name a few.”

Gil credits the school staff for their dedication to the program and is happy with the students’ progress.

“It has been a successful program. It’s an improvement cycle. It’s not just we did this, now we are done. We are constantly reviewing our data and constantly looking at how we can make this better, explained Gil. “If we do not have something that motivates the student, we find it.”

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