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Wilson Has Plan to Teach Students Respect

Posted January 22, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— In the ongoing battle to teach students respect and the desire to succeed, Wilson County school leaders say they finally have a plan that's working. About a year ago, they started a national program that rewards hard work.

Student Melvin Wooten already made good grades, but as a result of the "Renaissance" rewards program, he says now he's pushing himself to do even better.

Wooten and his fellow students at Wilson Hunt High School are working toward accumulating colored cards. The cards buy them privileges such as early lunch and discounts at area businesses.

Principal, Bill Williamson says the program started last February.

The program doesn't cost taxpayers a penny. Instead, businesses like Earl Boykin's sporting goods store foot the bill by offering discounts to those students who earn their cards.

Teacher Betty Vandiford says the discounts are proof to the students that their hard work pays off.

Vandiford says they're all hoping the lessons learned in the Renaissance program will lead to successful lives.

Wilson County is trying this program at every grade level. Other incentives for high school students include free admission to school sporting events and a cash drawing each semester.