EPC Star Store helps with attendance and behavior issues

EPC Star Store helps with attendance and behavior issues
East Poinsett County was recently honored by US News and World Report for their academic work. (Source: KAIT)

TYRONZA, AR - Many schools across Region 8 have incentive programs for their students, but school officials in Poinsett County feel like their Star Store does more than just encourage good behavior.

East Poinsett County School District sees the Star Store as a way to teach their kids valuable lessons.

The Star Store is opened in the concession stand every other Friday at Tyronza Elementary and Lepanto Elementary.

Students can shop for school spirit gear, toys, school supplies, and gift cards.

Students spend tickets at the Star Store that they get for perfect attendance and exceptional behavior.

Counselor Carrie Skipper runs the program and said since using the incentive program for perfect attendance, the attendance has grown from 60% to 90%.

Beyond improving behavior and attendance, the program teaches students real life skills.

"The economical part of 'Hey, I have 5 tickets, I can get so many items,'" Skipper said. "This is what this costs. I see them coming in and planning what they are going to buy, and I see many of them saying, 'Hey, Ms. Skipper is it ok if I save up to ten?'"

The school helps buy items for the store. They also take donations from community members and businesses.

The Star Store has been such a success, Skipper is helping the Junior High and High School start their own version of the program.

If you are interested in donating items to the Star Store, contact East Poinsett County School District at 870-487-2259.

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