Students win bikes for good behavior

BROADALBIN – Broadalbin-Perth High School has ramped up its incentives for students who display positive behavior in school, including giving away two new bicycles just before the holiday break, a news release said.

Senior Kayla Orapello and freshman Austin Mulvena each won new bicycles during a drawing Dec. 19. The Bike Works in Johnstown donated a Raleigh bike valued at $400, and the school purchased a Mongoose bike through a $750 grant from the Gloversville Walmart, the release said. The grant was also used to purchase iTunes gift cards students can earn, and the store donated Walmart gift cards.

BPHS has partnered with area businesses to offer bigger and better rewards for students for its Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports program. Through PBIS, teachers and staff members help students learn positive behaviors that build character and develop a constructive school culture built on mutual respect between students and staff, the release said.

Students earn these items by accumulating PBIS tickets through good attendance, responsible behavior or exemplary academic performance, the release said. For the bikes, each ticket a student earned up until the time of the drawing served as a chance to win the prize, the release said.

Vishnu Music in Gloversville donated a harmonica and concert patches to the program. Hairific in Johnstown donated two certificates for free shampoo, cut and style; and Fit Happens and ITZ Cycling in Gloversville have each given certificates worth $100 good for 16 visits to either place.

Through its Cool Credit achievement award program, Applebee’s in Johnstown has provided BPHS hundreds of coupons good for one of four appetizers: mozzarella sticks, boneless buffalo wings, onion rings or spinach and artichoke dip, the release said. Teachers can give students they see displaying positive behavior Cool Credit cards as an “instant incentive.” Stewart’s Shops donated 50 coupons for free ice cream, which teachers also can use as an instant incentive.