Michaela Madison Reporting

(Monday, February 12th) New Philadelphia, Ohio – Staff members with the Positive Behavior Intervention Support Program say they set out with a goal to encourage positive behaviors in students in Pre-K through high school.

Farrah Raines with PBIS explained the program gives the individuals they serve the tools they need to be active members of society while recognizing their successes.

“This is allowing us to shed some light on their positive behaviors,” said Raines. “A lot of times we dwell on the negative and this showcases what our kids can do.”

Alisha Ketchem, a high school class teacher, added that the PBIS program is an asset to Tuscarawas County.

“Anytime that you have the opportunity to do something that invests in the lives of kids, it’s worth it,” she said. “When you’re teaching them how to be responsible when you’re teaching them how to be kind to others when you’re teaching them how to conduct themselves in a respectable way, I think any situation anytime that is always worth the investment.”

The PBIS program was recently recognized as one of seven programs across the state to receive the Gold Award for an innovative approach to teaching positive behaviors.

The program features four expectations that include Eyes Looking, Safe Hands and Feet, Walking Feet, and Be a Friend. As the students obtain a goal they get a Lego Dollar from the program mascot, Legoman that they can spend in the program’s store.

On Monday, February 12th Chipotle in New Philadelphia will host the Dine to Donate fundraising event from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. where 50% of all sales during that time frame will be donated to the PBIS program.

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