Good bus behavior rewarded with raffle


By Laurie Hamame - lhamame@aimmediamidwest.com



Mikah Jones drives 50 kids to and from school every day.


Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

Good bus behavior will soon be rewarded with a raffle ticket in hopes of accentuating positive actions and preventing problem behaviors.

“Any time you have a bunch of young people in a group, you’re going to have people who act out,” said Oberlin City Schools bus driver Mikah Jones.

When bus drivers see a kid on their best behavior, they can show their appreciation by rewarding them with a ticket, he said.

The idea was sparked after drivers approached superintendent David Hall. They wanted to throw a pizza party for well-behaved kids.

While Hall loved the concept, the high price tag was a deterrent. He said one word came to mind — tickets.

Students will put their stubs inside a raffle box and each month there will be a drawing. Prizes include “Obie Pride” wristbands for Prospect and Eastwood Elementary schools and cafeteria coupons and snack passes for Langston Middle School and Oberlin High School.

“A lot of times, only negative things are called home,” Hall said. “This will help with a positive atmosphere and let (students) know they are doing a good job as a reward system.”

Ticket-winners will be announced on the school speaker to make doing the right thing something the whole building will want to take part in.

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Mikah Jones drives 50 kids to and from school every day.
http://www.theoberlinnewstribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/09/web1_IMG_6108.jpgMikah Jones drives 50 kids to and from school every day.

Laurie Hamame | Oberlin News-Tribune

By Laurie Hamame

lhamame@aimmediamidwest.com