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Buckeye North students getting sweet rewards

BRILLIANT — Buckeye North Elementary will become a veritable candy land today as students mark the end of the second nine weeks with some fun, literacy-based activities.

Principal Susan Nolan said students’ good works will be highlighted through the school’s Positive Behavior and Interventions and Supports initiative, or PBIS, and the latest incentive incorporates author Roald Dahl’s eccentric candy man, Willy Wonka. Nolan said students have been reading “Charlie and The Chocolate Factory” and those who showed good attendance, grades and behaviors will also earn some sweet rewards. Children will have an opportunity to dress as their favorite character or don crazy socks and participate in such activities as photos with candy props, a coloring contest and candy during lunch. Additionally, about 30 lucky kids will win golden ribbons and receive large Hershey bars as treats.

Nolan said a different incentive is offered each nine weeks, and the last event was a trip for upperclassmen to see a Wheeling Nailers hockey game while younger students enjoyed activities in school. The book-related event was a new offering which helped kids get excited about reading.

“A couple of teachers on our PBIS committee wanted to do something fun for the kids and we ordered books from our Scholastic Book Fair in May, then we decided to come up with activities,” she continued. “We always do some incentive for each nine weeks and this time we based activities on the book and the movie.”

Nolan said an awards assembly is also slated during recess on Jan. 24 to recognize students. The incentive for the third nine weeks, which wraps up in March, will focus on the works of Dr. Seuss and the final incentive of the school year is a party scheduled at the neighboring Wells Township Community Pool.

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