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Ms. Carissa Ferrugia from Chapin SC is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support!

My students need snacks, because they get very hangry! Positive behavioral interventions and support looks very different at every school. My students are in love with Grandma Cookies and I cannot afford them.

  • $650 goal

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My Students

My students are beautiful and amazing!! They are so very talented and perfect. The problem is that they have yet to realize this and that is why they have me. My students come to me because they face many challenges and stresses in life that no child should have to endure.

Not only do the challenges my students face affect personal relationships and their health; the challenges also affect their school work and behavior.

My students face these challenges daily, at school and out of school, that require positive reinforcement to battle against this. I teach and reinforce social skills, which requires an alternative approach and fantastic rewards for fantastic progress.

The goal of the Academy for Success is to provide a holistic approach to address the academic, social and emotional needs for a diverse population and to assist our students in acquiring essential skills to successfully matriculate and engage in a global society. This requires uplifting, encouraging, funny, hard-working and positive teachers. I am the PBIS school coordinator, which is the program for being a Positive Behavioral Intervention School.

My Project

Positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) is a way for us to reinforce, teach and encourage good behavior. When utilizing PBIS strategies, my students learn about behavior, just as they learn other subjects like math or science. One strategy that I utilize is points. My students earn PACK Points every day in every class. When they leave class, we scan their badges and give them points. They get points for PACK (Perseverance, Accountability, Cooperation and Kindness). They can use their points to purchase items from our PACK Den Store (our mascot is the wolf). My students can buy PACK Parties, dress-down days, no homework passes, snacks, sports items, purses, beauty items, school supplies and so many other things. According to several studies, PBIS leads to better student behavior. In schools that use PBIS, students receive fewer detentions and suspensions. There’s less bullying.

The key to PBIS is prevention, positivity and love, not punishment.

Every child can learn proper behavior and PBIS prevents more serious behavior problems as they reach adolescence and adulthood. Each child is different and we provide many kinds of behavior support; not just snacks. All of my students want and need positive reinforcement and praise (which I give them); some children want extrinsic rewards like snacks, headphones and so many other things. One of my students wants a porcelain tea set. I try to fulfill all of my student's serious wants, even if I have to spend all Saturday at 3 different GoodWill stores, I will find it, because they deserve it. They learn quickly that good behavior is rewarded and poor behavior is not rewarded. It is like an adult learning a new good habit, after we do it for almost a month, it becomes part of our norms.

Ms. Carissa Ferrugia
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 300 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Grandmas Big Cookie Variety Pack, 33 count • Amazon Business $18.99 10 $189.90
Ice Mountain 100% Natural Spring Water, 16.9-ounce Plastic Bottle, 24/Case • $7.64 15 $114.60
Sweet & Salty Ultimate 100 Count Care Package Snack Pack Boxed Variety Assortment Selection Cookies, Candy, Chips, Gum, Great for College, Military, Office, Thank you Gift Box • Amazon Business $57.00 1 $57.00
Ultimate Care Package Healthy Bars, Crackers, Nuts & Snacks Gift Variety Pack Assortment Bulk Sampler (85 Count) • Amazon Business $49.99 1 $49.99
Cookies Chips & Candies Office Snacks Bulk Variety Snack Pack (Office Station 85 Count) • Amazon Business $47.99 1 $47.99
Ultimate Snack Care Package, Variety Assortment of Chips, Cookies, Crackers & More, 40 Count • Amazon Business $21.76 1 $21.76

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