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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Lincoln students rewarded for behavior with visit from bikers

  • The roar of engines echoed through Lincoln Elementary School as the students were treated to a visit from Guardians of the Plains, a motorcycle group dedicated to promoting the common good.
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  • The roar of engines echoed through Lincoln Elementary School as the students were treated to a visit from Guardians of the Plains, a motorcycle group dedicated to promoting the common good.
    The visit was part of a school-wide celebration for excellent behavior.
    Lincoln Elementary uses a program called ABE, or Awesome Behavior Expectations, to encourage and reward good behavior. Students can earn stickers for actions such as helping others and being on task.
    “It’s doing the right thing when others are off-task or without being asked,” said Annie Rowe, a paraeducator.
    Students who earn 20 stickers earn a “smiley” for their class, and classes that earn 20 “smileys” earn a “top hat” for the school. The motorcycle visit was a reward for the school earning 20 “top hats.”
    Taylor Engel, a fifth-grade student at Lincoln Elementary, said the program is all about being better people.
    “You can help someone up if they trip or fall,” Engel said. “It’s about helping people.”
    Kim Pote, a kindergarten teacher, said the goal of the program is to encourage students to be better citizens.
    “It’s awesome to see that every student’s individual behavior can earn rewards at the class and school level. It motivates them to do better,” Pote said. “To me, it just teaches the kids their actions influence others.”
    Jamie Minier, leader of the Guardians of the Plains, said the group is about helping out in the community.
    “If we go out and help one person, someone sees it, and they might help another person,” Minier said. “The more we do, the more they see.”
    Cody Rierson, principal at Lincoln, said he hopes students will follow their example of service.
    “When we talk about citizenship and community, this is what we’re talking about,” Rierson said.
    Tessa Boesker, a fifth-grade student at Lincoln, said having the motorcycles at the school is a sign the school is on the right track.
    “It means we’re doing a good job and being good,” Boesker said.
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