A group of students at North Augusta High School received a surprise last week after being handed a yellow slip of paper.
Their names were called over the intercom and they were told to go to the library, where pizza, cookies and drinks awaited them. About 84 students were treated to a pizza party by the School Improvement Council, with food donated by Pizza Hut on Georgia Avenue.
Students who improve their grades, behavior or attendance are eligible for the quarterly treat, said Gwen Spivey, the council’s ninth-grade parent representative.
Principal Todd Bornscheuer told the students that the parties are a way to recognize them for the good things they are doing.
Students were allowed to hang out in the library during all three lunches or go back to class if they wanted.
“Thank you for what you’ve done to make it here,” Bornscheuer said.
Junior Darren Ford received an invite to the lunch from his Spanish I teacher and said he thought it was for improvement all-around. Students aren’t necessarily told by their teacher the specific reason they were chosen.
“It’s fun,” he said, adding that he liked being able to socialize through three lunches and miss algebra. Even though students have to make up any missed classwork, Darren said it was worth it.
“It’s an honor, not every student got it,” he said.
Dashae Hill, 17, was surprised when she received the slip of paper.
“I want to thank Ms. Oswald for letting me be here,” Dashae said. She said she thought she was invited for working hard in accounting.
Brea Ready, 17, said she was invited by her U.S. history teacher because of her good attitude.
“I haven’t given her (Ms. Falin) attitude like I give all my other teachers,” she said. “I appreciate it. I’ve never been rewarded like this, and it feels good.”
Other initiatives are under way at the school to reward students for doing positive things, such as picking up trash or helping someone. Coupons were donated from local businesses that are handed out for good deeds.
Bornscheuer said the school also plans to have ice cream Fridays. Ice cream passes will be given out throughout the week to students doing good things, and they can turn in the pass on Fridays for a free ice cream.
Spivey said she thinks it’s great that students are rewarded for improvement and are given a chance to sit and chat with classmates.
Businesses that are interested in donating coupons or sponsoring a quarterly luncheon can call the school office at (803) 442-6100. Parents also can help by donating desserts, drinks or volunteering at the luncheons.