Texarkana students receive recipe for success

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Some students in Texarkana are learning that positive behavior can have some tasty rewards.  

“I love food, so it’s gonna make me want to be a good student,” said Rose’Marie Calhoun, a seventh grader. 

Students at North Heights Junior High School have the opportunity to earn an edible award. 

“Teachers nominate students on their team who serve as a role model to the rest of the students,” said Assistant Principal Felicia Horn. 

Today the seventh and eighth graders got a chance to sharpen their knowledge about future careers with a cooking demonstration and lunch by local chef Jeff Loving. 

“This is sort of my way of giving back as much as I can,” said Loving. “But, if I can inspire a couple kids who may want to cook as a part time job, or a summer job, I’m good with that.”

The school focuses on teaching entrepreneurial leadership skills and uses a positive behavior intervention system. 

 “This is for kids that are being respectful and setting, like, positive vibes for the other children,” said Alexandria Clark, an eighth grader. 

“We’re trying to take a proactive approach and motivate students to do right all the time,” said Horn.

This is the first year for the special quarterly incentive luncheons, and so far it’s been a success.

“Knowing that this is something they can work towards, it really has motivated them,” said Horn. “We’ve seen an improvement in their behavior.”

School officials said they would like to expand the program to include parents and more students in the future. 

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