More than 600 Jamestown High School students were eligible to attend a recent Southern Tier Xpress hockey game at the Northwest Savings Bank Ice Arena.
Through the JHS’ Raider Reward Program, students who earned “gold” and “silver” card status by demonstrating positive behaviors and exemplary attendance were eligible to attend. Gold cardholders had zero absences and no behavior issues and silver cardholders had only one absence and no behavior concerns. As incentives for the Raider Reward Program, the school offers different experiences that students can participate in depending on their card status.
The goal of the Raider Reward Program is to twofold — to recognize positive behavior and exemplary school attendance. Studies show that the traditional way of addressing absenteeism, through punishment, doesn’t work. Understanding why a student is missing school and helping address the barriers to school attendance is the way JHS is trying to encourage attendance. The Raider Rewards Program is just one way the school is meeting this goal.
“Travis Sanders, the general manager for the Xpress contacted me that they were having a School Day game and we thought bringing our kids to the game and providing a pizza lunch was a great incentive for our program,” said JHS Principal Mike McElrath. “It also gives our students an opportunity to see their community and what is available to them. We would like to thank the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation who provided a grant for the field trip that paid for the student’s tickets and lunch and also the Xpress for hosting our students. Activities such as this really help us to encourage good behavior and reinforce the importance of attending school every day to student’s education.”