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Davis students encouraged to get in the game with good grades and citizenship

Davis Game OnDavis Junior High School students have some extra incentive this year for hard work and positive behavior.

Beginning this year, Davis students demonstrate outstanding effort are being rewarded with a newly created game center on the school’s stage – complete with foosball, basketball, Zenga and ping pong.

“I think it is great idea for all schools,”  said 8th grader Taylor Jones. “It definitely motives me more. Instead of just having lunch, you also get to hang out with your friends in a more relaxed atmosphere.”

Principal Brian Shepard said the school uses a point system awarded by teachers to recognize students for their hard work and commitment to help others.

“The goals of the program are to reward students who consistently demonstrate strong academics and citizenship,” he said. “Overall, the students and teachers have indicated that many students who are close earning the reward are working harder on grades and citizenship than ever before.” 

Davis 7th grader Liam Bergin was in the game area thanks to winning a math competition in his class.

“I personally like helping people and trying hard, but this is an extra incentive,” he said. “I have a great time playing the games with my friends.”

In the first academic quarter, 75 students earned enough to take part in the games, Shepard said.

As an extra incentive, Davis has added a nine hold putt-putt course – build by Shepard over the summer – for students who have earned the honor for the second time.

“Both programs have been overwhelmingly successful and fit in nicely with our positive behavior support program and wellness initiatives in the building,” Shepard said.