Friday, November 18, 2011

Louisiana Girl Scouts make 100 Heart-Shaped Pillows for Good Cause

Louisiana's Times-Picayune reports that Girl Scout Junior Troop 40781 from Gretna recently made 100 heart-shaped pillows for breast cancer patients. The troop delivered the pillows to Dr. Irvin Thomas, Jr. and Dr. Robert Cummiskey, III at Southern Surgical Specialists in Marrero for distribution to their patients.

Nell F. Toomer, moderator of the troop, also serves as Paul B. Solis Elementary School PTO president. Besides having a great Girl Scout program at Paul B. Solis Elementary, the school also has the PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) program that has been such a success over the past several years.

PBIS is a program designed to help improve the overall behavior of students who are recognized for their positive behavior in various ways. Some of the rewards include ice cream or pizza parties, movies and popcorn, magicians, snowball day, parade of prizes, etc. Faculty and staff members encourage the students to follow the Three Golden Rules of PBIS. Rule 1 is “Be safe.’’ Rule 2 is “Be respectful.’’ Rule 3 is “Be responsible.’’

“We have added a new twist to our PBIS program this year. Our students are rewarded with ‘Sunshine Bucks,’ which can be redeemed at our ‘store.’ Bucks are given to students who are following the ‘Golden Rules’ and demonstrating positive behavior,” Principal Vicki Esquivel said.