SOAR program motivates Highland students

SOAR program motivates Highland students

HIGHLAND, AR (KAIT) - Highland High School recently started new incentive program to keep students motivated.

The program is called SOAR and is based off a previous program called Renaissance.

SOAR rewards students who make the honor roll by giving them things like lunch and homework passes.

The program also rewards those with grit, meaning the students who may not make the honor roll but work hard in school.

"If you come in everyday and you work hard to achieve and maybe didn't get to that threshold of the honor roll, but you worked your tail off we are going to recognize that for you," said Dewana McIntosh, program coordinator and high school art teacher.

McIntosh said the program motivates students. She hopes this motivation will go beyond the school atmosphere.

"I think that that will pay dividends outside of high school life, as adults in college or just as young people in the workforce," McIntosh said.

Students helped design the T-shirts and incentive cards for the program.

FNBC Bank in Highland has donated money for the T-shirt orders. McIntosh said any donations are appreciated.

She hopes to provide bigger incentives in the future with the money, like trips around the state so students can see job opportunities for the future.

There is a GoFundMe account to help raise money for the program.

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