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Wilson Has Plan to Teach Students Respect

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WILSON — In the ongoing battle to teach studentsrespect and the desire to succeed, Wilson County school leaders say theyfinally have a plan that's working. About a year ago, they started anational 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 evenbetter.

Wooten and his fellow students at Wilson Hunt High School are workingtoward accumulating colored cards. The cards buy them privileges such asearly 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 likeEarl Boykin's sporting goods store foot the bill by offering discounts tothose students who earn their cards.

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

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

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

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