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Businesses offer initiatives for math, reading incentives

Williamsport magnet school students benefit from program

June 13, 2011
  • Fourth-graders, from left, Skylar Whittington, Sarah Herbert, Maddux Grove, teacher Mrs. Hill, Rebekah Bryan and Jaclynn Nave play a math game for the math initiative.
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WILLIAMSPORT — Students at Williamsport Elementary Magnet School for Mathematics, Science and Technology held a reading and math initiative this past school year, according to Lori A. Ridgely, student achievement specialist.

Teachers met with students on a monthly basis to set individual goals for reading and math.

Students could work on their goals during school with teachers, as well as at home with parents/guardians.

When students reached their goal, they earned an incentive.

Each month the incentive changed (for example, free recess, board games and electronic day), but the support from businesses made the monthly incentives exciting and engaging for students.

The students were motivated to earn community-offered rewards, the teachers said.

Each business offered food-incentive coupons for students if they met their monthly goals. The three highest percentages for meeting monthly goals were during these three months.

The area businesses that contributed included Tony's Pizzeria in Williamsport, Monkey Joe's in Hagerstown and Sheetz (corporate division).

 The school staff wants to thank the community businesses for their support with the reading and math initiative incentives during the school year. The community outreach helped the students succeed, the staff said.

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