Principal Robert Varner recently honored the student council of Julia Randall Elementary School with a special award.
The council's fund-raising efforts mean their fellow 496 students at JRE who are consistently "responsible, respectful and safe," once a quarter get an extra treat for their good behavior. And not much could be more fun for an elementary child than to get an extra 30 minutes of recess and a sweet treat to munch.
First quarter's root beer floats were followed by second quarter's candy canes and neither would have been possible if the student council had not written a letter to Wal-Mart asking for a donation.
The $400 check Wal-Mart gave the council will fund treats for JRE children for the next two quarters.
The incentive is not limited to students with As and Bs. A "C" student, who is working as hard as he or she can, completes homework and is well-behaved is eligible for the rewards.
"This is my way to recognize students who work hard, yet struggle," Varner said.
Those hard-working students might be enjoying Popsicles sometime in March, while the end-of-year treat is still a mystery.
"The children really like and respond well to this school wide incentive for good behavior," Varner said.