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Businesses partner up with school in Hope to encourage students

Students at TREC rewarded for hard work and course completion

Two Rivers Education Centre (TREC) launched their Student Reward Program in January 2021 as part of their school growth plan for the 2020-2021 school year.

The reward program was aimed at increasing academic achievement and keeping students’ academic journeys on track during these unprecedented times. TREC has partnered with local Hope businesses in encouraging students, both in the classroom and at home, to complete course units regularly and consistently with immediate, tangible rewards.

“We have used rewards in the past, primarily for the completion of full courses. With the help of Hope businesses, we are now able to offer students rewards for unit completions as well,” states Margaret Smiley, principal. “This has really helped keep the steam rolling for our kids during these challenging times.”

After three months, the program has already made a positive impact on student progression with over 85 units completed and prizes from reward partners A&W, Dairy Queen and Panago given out. The District’s Indigenous Education Committee has also generously supported the program with the schools tutoring budget funding three yearly draws for larger prizes. Students who have completed a full course may enter these draws. Unit rewards will continue through till the end of the school year with a year-end grand prize draw.

“Since implementing the unit completion incentives there has definitely been an increase in productivityamongst the students,” states Lindsay Druet, TREC senior SEA. “Although they are senior students, they still anticipate picking out their prize, and enjoy looking through the choices. We all like to be rewarded for hard work.”

TREC will be formally evaluating the impact of their Student Reward Program at the end of June and hopes to keep it ongoing in the coming school 2021-2022 school year. Hope businesses interested in contributing to TREC’s Student Reward Program are welcome to contact the school secretary, Mel Dunster at 604-869-9953 or mel.dunster@sd78.bc.ca for details.


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