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Revving Up the PBIS Incentive

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Kevin Albrant and Zach Olds working on the PBIS vehicle

Kevin Albrant and Zach Olds working on the PBIS vehicle

Kevin Albrant and Zach Olds working on the PBIS vehicle

Jacob Tyson, Student Journalist

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Rhinelander High School (RHS) has had the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program for five years.

With this program, the school gives away a car to a high school student through a drawing of the green cards that are given out throughout the year to reward positive behaviors.

The car giveaway has been going on for the entire time the PBIS program has been running. The car idea started when the PBIS team was brainstorming ideas for how to get students involved with the program and Mr. Laggis, a history teacher, had a friend who wanted to donate a vehicle to the school.

The PBIS team decided to give it away, but the vehicle needed to be worked on. It was decided to let the Auto Systems class work on the vehicle.

After the PBIS team gave out its first car, Rhinelander GM Auto Center thought it was a good idea and has been donating the cars ever since.

The donated car is picked up from Rhinelander GM Auto Center and given to the PBIS team which decides if they want to use it. This is where the Auto Systems teacher comes in. This year it was Mr. Paszek’s turn, who recently talked about the process.

“The PBIS team contacts me and says they have a car they think they want, and then I actually go down and check it out,”said Mr. Paszek.

That is when Mr. Paszek decides if the Auto Systems class can handle the work. This year GM donated a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer.

The donated car is just not a PBIS reward, but a learning experience for the Auto Systems students. The Auto Systems class fixes the car. Mr. Paszek thinks it is something different than just fixing it.

“We don’t just fix the car. We are teaching how the parts work and what they do to the car,” Mr. Paszek explains.

The students have to fix the car like an actual automotive shop would. They have to research the part numbers and the price to see where the parts can be purchased the cheapest. They have to take the part out of the car and explain what it does and what car system it belongs to.

After the car is fixed up it is set up in front of the school so students can see it.

Towards the end of the school year a pep assembly is held for the students. The PBIS team pulls green cards from the chest that students have been putting their cards into for the entire year.

Last year, rubber ducks were placed in a kiddie pool with seven ducks having a number on the bottom of them. One of the numbers belonged to the key that belonged to the car. 

 

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