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“Water Day” kicks off positive behavior reward events at VPA Magnet School

VPA Magnet School students participate in Water Day, as part of PBIS, or a positive behavior encouragement activity. (Source: KAIT-TV) VPA Magnet School students participate in Water Day, as part of PBIS, or a positive behavior encouragement activity. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Sponge relay race at VPA's first Water Day event. (Source: KAIT-TV) Sponge relay race at VPA's first Water Day event. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Sweet cold treats and water activities enjoyed by a VPA sixth grader. (Source: KAIT-TV) Sweet cold treats and water activities enjoyed by a VPA sixth grader. (Source: KAIT-TV)
Hula hoop'in it up at Water Day! (Source: KAIT-TV) Hula hoop'in it up at Water Day! (Source: KAIT-TV)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Loud bursts of laughter signaled the start to an unusual activity on the blacktop parking lot at Jonesboro’s Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School.

"You get a sponge and then you have to pass it over and then the second person passes it under," Jaxyn Varner, a VPA student said. "And me and my friends squeezed it on each other. So, that was pretty fun."

“Water Day” was postponed one week because of torrential downpours. But, the event came off without a hitch one week later.

“We want to reinforce that positive behavior because we want our kids to learn there are certain expectations—whether you’re in school or whether that carries on to your job and all,” Audri Waddell, VPA Magnet School second grade interventionist, said. “There are expectations in life and we want it to be, not only when people are watching them, but for them to have those expectations for themselves.”

Around 700 students participated in the event that kicks off PBIS activities at the school which houses grades one through six. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. 

“This is the first time for our school to do “Water Day,” Waddell said.

“If the kids have been really good and listening to their teachers, I think they should get to do this because they have earned the hard work,” Georgia Brooks, a VPA student said.

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