GES stu­dents use puppy paws to buy hol­i­day gifts

Record Observer - - SCHOOLS -

GRA­SONVILLE — All of the stu­dents at Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary School had the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase hol­i­day gifts for friends and fam­ily on Dec. 19 us­ing their school cur­rency, puppy paws.

Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary fol­lows a Pos­i­tive Be­hav­ior In­ter­ven­tions and Sup­ports model to en­cour­age and pro­mote good choices stu­dents make through­out the school year. Teach­ers hand out pa­per puppy paws to stu­dents who make good choices and stu­dents can then cash in their puppy paws in each month for a planned in­cen­tive.

Hol­i­day Shop­ping is the most pop­u­lar in­cen­tive of­fered through­out the year. With more than 2,000 gifts do­nated by fac­ulty, par­ents and the com­mu­nity, stu­dents had a large as­sort­ment of gifts to choose from.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to buy for oth­ers us­ing their own form of cur- rency that they save and work for through­out the school year,” Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary School Be­hav­ioral Spe­cial­ist Laura Schroyer said.

On Tues­day, Oct. 25, fourth-grade stu­dents from Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary went on a field trip to An­napo­lis. They started their trip with a walk­ing tour at the State House. While the tour guide was be­gin­ning his pre­sen­ta­tion, they caught a glimpse of Gov. Larry Ho­gan head­ing to his car to go to a meet­ing. A par­ent chap­er­one asked if he’d be will­ing to take a pic­ture with the stu­dents and he agreed! They were so ex­cited to get a class pic­ture with the leader of their state! Fourth-grade teacher Dana Kemp said, “It was an honor for the fourth-graders and Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary!”

PHO­TOS BY LAURA SCHROYER

Gra­sonville Ele­men­tary School stu­dent Tyrese War­ren stops by the or­na­ment tree dur­ing the school’s hol­i­day shop­ping event on Dec. 19.

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