Students at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay have found a “BUG” to get grades jumping at the school.
Bring Up Grades, or BUG, is a program designed to provide recognition to students who raise their grades into an acceptable range and maintain or continue to raise them from one grading period to the next, according to the Kiwanis Club, which sponsors the program at the school.
Recognition includes being placed on the school’s BUG Honor Roll and receiving an award certificate at a Kiwanis Club BUG Recognition party.
“The BUG program encourages students to focus on making one small accomplishment at a time. When a child reaches his/her self determined goal, it promotes a sense of accomplishment which motivates them to continue achieving,” says Kiwanis Club President Tonicia Williams.
Students are empowered to participate in their own academic success, which builds self-confidence, perseverance and character. They attain important life skills that help them make smart choices, according to the Kiwanis BUG website. “I am very excited to welcome the Kiwanis Club to the school. We are certainly happy that they’ve decided to involve themselves directly with our children’s education and we look forward to a long and productive relationship with the Club,” said school principal Joseph Wallace.
Each reporting period, students from Year 3 are recognized for increasing one level in mathematics.
There may be students who do not raise their grade level during the term but provide outstanding support to classmates who then achieve their goals, he said. These individuals are honored as “Super BUGs” for going above and beyond to provide support and assistance, he added.