School hallway behavior boosted with novel incentive program

Hallway behavior rewarded with tickets, he said, includes no hanging out at one's locker, walking to the right, keeping hands to one's self, using appropriate language and talking at a moderate volume. Friendly greetings to one another, keeping expressions of affection G-rated, and performing good deeds for students are also a plus. Keeping the hallway clean and getting to one's destination on time fully prepared for class also win points.

Friauf said that the program's next phases, to be rolled out in fall and winter, will focus on classrooms, the cafeteria, and buses, each objective with its own set of criteria.

He added that the program, using what sociologists call the positive behavioral intervention approach, is also being implemented in the elementary school.

Warrensburg senior Noah Davis said the program's incentives are working.

"Hey, who's not gonna try to get free stuff like iPod Shuffles," he said.

Senior Gilbert Wood agreed.

"It's a win-win situation for the school and the students," he said.

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