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Martin Middle School ROARS

The East Providence school celebrates a behavioral expectations program in which students earn 'paws' by holding a student-teacher basketball game.

ROARS filled the Martin Middle School gym in East Providence Wednesday morning, Dec. 19.

ROARS as in Responsibility-Organization-Achievement-Respect-Safety – a behaviorial expectations program that rewards students with “paws,” said Elisy Blanco-Mercado, a social worker at the school.

The reward for earning 400 “paws” was the student-teacher basketball game against a team from the Moore Basketball Clinic in Hartford, a youth program that challenges kids to excel in the classroom in addition to sports.  The Moore is Kendrick Moore, a former Providence College Friars star. 

ROARS and “paws” is part of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) system at the middle school, said Blanco-Mercado. She and school psychologist Tara Grabowski operate that intervention effort.

“It’s the second year implementing PBIS,” said Grabowski.

The basketball game was a celebration of the success of the program so far, said Blanco-Mercado. Anyone can give out a "paw," she said.

“We’re trying to build a culture here,” said Principal Frank Devall, who laced up his sneakers for the game along with East Providence School Committee Chairman Joel Monteiro.

“It’s recognition for kids doing great things, and building them up,” Devall said. “It’s a good way to let them know they’re having a positive impact on the school.”

Take a look at the one-minute video to get a better idea of the event. Prepare to hear the ROARS.

alexceeia December 20, 2012 at 11:57 AM
wow this idea should get a media person_we need more creative ways-to encourage the young people_to do it right-----------alexceeia
Betty J. DeCrescenzo December 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Congratulations to Martin Middle School social worker, psychologist, staff and principal for recognizing that these kinds of activities are crucial to the spirit of education. Too many of these activities have been denied. I hope that this is the start of a comeback of all those special occasions where students can highlight their interest and skills. Bravo for the wisdom of educating the whole child.
Tonya Borello December 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I think I speak for many of us when I say that this is what we as a community / voters were hoping to see. The chiefs coming together for the good of Indians! Well done!

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