J.H. Sampson Extra Special
Super Kid Program
After analyzing much student background data, etc.,
it was felt that characteristics such as honesty, social
behavior, language/expression, and conduct were not
evident in many of the J. H. Sampson students because
of their low socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
These factors were not rendered as excuses for the students
behaviors, but they did help school staff understand the problems
better. As a result the Extra Special Super Kid Program
was developed and implemented.
Where do the Extra Special Super Kids come from?
J. H. Sampson Extra Special Super Kids come from the school
enrollment of third, fourth, and fifth grade students who
attend J. H. Sampson Elementary School located in Kinston,
NC. The current 1988-1989 school enrollment is 481 students
(average), Eighty-eight percent of these students qualify
for free or reduced lunches. Seventy-three percent of these
students live in single- parent homes. Eighty-five percent
live with their unwed mothers.
What are the primary objectives of the Extra Special Super
The primary objectives of the Extra Special Super Kid
Program are to encourage students to demonstrate the following
behaviors in a consistent manner:
- Good behavior while in and out of the classroom,
- Good work habits at home and in school (completing their
- Courteous and cordial interaction among themselves and
- Showing consistent learning patterns, being dependable
and punctual, and
- Demonstrating honesty, trustworthiness, and respect for
one's own property
and the property of others.
How does the Extra Super Kid Program work?
When the students find money, jewelry, clothing articles,
school supplies, other things of value; or they help someone
in a special way, the report is given to the principal. After
the incident is fully explained and verified, a reward is
given. But, the reward is not just given without a "realization
point." This realization point comes when the student
tells you that he is not just getting a reward because he
did something nice, but he knows that someone has been made
happier and safer by his act of citizenship. In addition,
these students are expected to consistently maintain the primary
objective of the Extra Special Super Kid Program.
The rewards range from a couple of pieces of candy and a
pat on the back all the way up to a coupon that they may cash
in at our local K-Mart Store for a treat. Although all of
the students may not get the K-Mart treat, all of them do
have their name and deeds announced over the school's P. A.
System. They also become members of the school "Super
Kid" Club and have their photo.- graph mounted on the
wall of the school's foyer.
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