'Clipper Carnival' rewards students for good start to school year

'Clipper Carnival' rewards students for good start to school year

CUMBERLAND - Last Friday, for a part of the day, some Cumberland High School students were given a small "Clipper Carnival," a reward for those who demonstrated positive behavior which helped kick off the school year successfully. In the first month of school, rewarded students have shown lessened tardiness, improved the cleanliness of school grounds and have improving classroom skills, according to administrators. It's all part of PBIS, or "Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports" a program created to improve school spirit and morale.

Activities for the students were outdoor activities including competing with teachers and other students in fun blow-up jousting, running races, chin-up competitions and obstacle course races. There was also a Frank Santos Jr. hypnotist show, and a PBIS/Dean's Station, where students learned more about the program and consequences for not following school rules.

Organizers also offered thanks to police and fire volunteers, as well as Army National Guard, for their participation in the event.