On July 26th, the Eastman Regional Youth Detention Center (Eastman RYDC) held “Splash Into Summer," a fun-filled youth activity with water sports and cool treats to beat the summer heat. The event was developed for youths who met appropriate behavioral requirements for the facility. Thirteen youth had a blast taking turns riding the Slip-N-Slide, playing water pool tug-a-war and participating in games like the Water Bucket Over-N-Under.
The “Splash into Summer” event is part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Proving that good behavior often is rewarded, youth who had zero recent incident reports were allowed to participate in aquatic activities, enjoy eating shaved ice and play other games on the Eastman RYDC recreational field.
Based solely on the smiles, “Splash into Summer” was a great success and enjoyed by all. During the event and afterwards, youth were heard telling their friends that they could not wait to participate in the next PBIS event.
PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 23,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student over the counter behavior, will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve the school climate for all students.
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