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Horace Mann Students “chalk the block” as reward in Ottumwa Schools behavioral program

Updated: May. 11, 2021 at 10:26 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Hundreds of Horace-Mann students flocked to the sidewalk Tuesday to “chalk the block”. It was their reward for a behavioral program implemented at the elementary school.

The students earned the event through “Bulldog Bucks”, received when students embody the four pillars of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports program, or PBIS. With 1,800 these bucks earned, they got to draw on the sidewalk outside.

The PBIS program seeks to improve social and emotional well-being. Nicole Whit, who’s part of the P-B-I-S program, says since implementing the program, they’ve seen better behavior from Horace-Mann students across the board. “We really want to raise good kids, kind kids that are caring an compassionate to others. It can really be a multitude of things. But just making sure they’re really aware of their behavior while they’re at school.”

PBIS is in established in other Ottumwa Elementary Schools as well, and those schools have seen similar positive responses like Horace Mann.

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