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Middle school shines spotlight on successful students

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By Kelly Cantrall

West Hardin Middle School teachers were sporting face paint and costumes Friday, but it wasn’t for Halloween.

West Hardin hosted a pep rally Friday for students who are on the A-B honor roll for this past grading period. The rally is part of a program aimed at recognizing positive behavior in students.

Teachers dressed as characters from popular films and performed skits for students and handed out prizes such as movie tickets. Students’ excitement filled the gym as they cheered and laughed at faculty members.

The program is called Renaissance Rally, and gives schools ways to reward students for good behavior and grades, Principal Jon Thomas said.

“It’s a fun way to get the kids recognized,” he said.

It was a program Thomas used at a previous school, and he has since instituted it at West Hardin. Beyond the rallies, good behavior is rewarded with a monthly drawing of prizes, such as the opportunity to play basketball with Thomas. Sometimes negative behaviors of students can get the most attention, so Thomas likes this system because it shifts the spotlight to students when they do their best, he said.

Eighth-grader Bryce Highbaugh said the rally serves as a good motivator.

“It just makes us proud and all,” he said.

Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or kcantrall@thenewsenterprise.com.