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Teachers reward students with a car

August 8, 2006

Valdosta - Teachers at Lowndes High School are finding new ways to reward students for their success in school.  "Instead of putting all our efforts and resources into finding the students who were not behaving as they should, we decided to reward the students who are doing the right things, who are good students, and are performing here at Lowndes High School," said LHS teacher Amy Carter.

To do this they are holding the second annual Where there's a wheel there's a way program.  "What we're doing is donating our own money which shows commitments by the teachers to give students a car," Carter added.

At the end of the year, eligible students could win one of these cars and many other prizes including IPODS and computers. 

But winning this car is no easy job.  Student must exceed in academics, behavior, attendance and extra curricular activities this school year.  "Students receive 4 grades per semester and if they pass all 4 of their classes they receive one ticket per semester.  For no discipline refers documented they receive one ticket per semester.  For 3 or less absences, one ticket and for 3 or less tardy's, one ticket,"  Carter said.

Each student can earn as many as 12 tickets causing them to find new and better ways to get involved.  "I'm in 12 clubs so everything helps.  You just try to find something that will give you tickets so you can get in there," said senior Jarred Flores.

"I'm trying to make sure I'm not late.  That's one of the big things for me," added fellow senior Kate Pennington.

The winners will be drawn before school ends in May.

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