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High School program rewards positive behavior

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Volcano Vista High School is starting a new program, “This Hawk Soars,” that rewards students for positive behavior.

Today, KKOB takes a look at the program, which is launching this fall, where teachers, staff and other faculty will have an app on their phone that allows them to give students points for positive behavior by scanning the students’ ID cards. Students can redeem the points for snacks, school gear and swag, and even tickets to school events.

Vice Principal Dr. Kristopher Johnson believes that this program will help create a better school environment where students can learn and grow by promoting positivity instead of negativity.

“As educators, we often don’t teach students how to behave,” Johnson said. “We often just go straight to discipline because that’s what’s been ingrained for the past 100 years in education.”

Thousands of schools across the nation are adopting similar programs. VVHS is doing so through a grant provided by the Albuquerque Public Schools Foundation.

Learn more about the program on Radio KKOB today as part of “The Good News Files,” a collaboration among KKOB, KOAT-TV and the Albuquerque Journal that promotes good news stories in our state.