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‘Good behavior’ program coming to Randolph schools

ELKINS — With assistance from a local agency, a program that encourages good behavior and social and emotional learning will be expanding to all elementary schools in Randolph County.

The PAX Good Behavior Game promotes social and emotional learning in young people by reinforcing desirable behaviors and inhibiting unwanted behaviors, according to the program’s website.

April Senic, director of special education for RCS, announced to the Randolph County Board of Education that RCS has received a grant from the Randolph County Family Resource Network in the amount of $20,000. This funding will allow the county school system to introduce the Good Behavior Game to all of its elementary schools.

“We have partnered with the FRN in Randolph County and they have donated $20,000 to pay for the Good Behavior Game kit for our elementary schools,” she explained.

County officials noted it is their goal to have all staff in elementary schools across the county trained by the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

According to the program’s website, “PAX” is Latin for “peace,” and the ultimate goal of the PAX Good Behavior Game is to promote peace, productivity, health and happiness not only in the classroom but also in the community and at home.

Senic noted PAX “build expectations” within schools.

“I think (PAX) builds school-wide expectations, hallway expectations, bathroom and cafeteria expectations,” she said. “So, it’s more than just inside the classroom.”

Senic emphasized that trauma is one aspect that is addressed as part of the PAX program.

PAX creates an environment in schools and classrooms that allows students to develop pro-social behaviors in a safe setting while also

providing teachers with strategies shown to support development – thus, preventing the “re-traumatization” of children who have been exposed to adversity and violence, according to their site.

“It does go along with trauma, which is kind of the word of the minute in the school system,” Senic said. “I’m looking at how we are making trauma informed schools and trauma sensitive schools and building trauma sensitive classrooms — it works kind of hand-in-hand with (PAX).

Paul Zickefoose, principal at Beverly Elementary School, said PAX coordinated well with the schools Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

“It has been a positive event for our students and our staff. It has meshed incredibly well with our PBIS – our PAWS: pride, attitude, wise choices and safety,” he said. “Truly, the PBIS is a structure and framework for the staff. PAX is for the students — it’s what the students want.”