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Students rewarded with iPods, cash and more

Reported by: Robert Byers
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Updated: 8/22/2013 12:13 pm
HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) - A group of Houston Upper Elementary School students spent part of their Thursday morning receiving certificates.

Those certificates entitle them to prizes like free movie tickets complete with popcorn and a drink, an ice cream or pizza party, and even a few iPods and cash money for some.

It's all based on their most recent state standardized test scores and is for the students who did well on them.

Principal John Ellison said, "They're scored in four different categories. The things we're looking at are the four different proficiency levels. They are minimal, basic, proficient and advanced. We're also looking if they showed growth over the previous year's score. That's what we're basing our incentives on."

The prizes were given to more than 350 students thanks to the local PACE Foundation.

It's a non-profit group that is an affiliate of the Tupelo-based CREATE Foundation.

Bob Mooneyham with PACE said, "It's a form of recognition to let their peers see these students have gained recognition for their success. It's to encourage others to say next year I'm going to win one of the awards."

Both school officials and the PACE Foundation say it's just one way to get students perhaps more excited and involved in school work.

Mooneyham said, "We're trying to encourage them to study and prepare themselves for life later. I know at this early of a stage they don't see it. As they get older they will see more and more how important it is."

In the meantime the students can have a little fun as they aim toward even bigger gains this school year.
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