Rocket Fuel program brings about positive behavior

NEW CASTLE – Last week the gym at Craig County High School was filled with middle school students, all of them winners. They are participants in “Rocket Fuel,” a positive behavior program.

The program is designed and implemented each year at the beginning of school to reward students who exhibit positive behavior both in and out of the classroom, CCHS Principal Matt Coe explained.

Photo by Gwen Johnson Virginia Johnson, Madison Hannah, Kaylee Pauley and Alexis Andrews enjoy doughnuts at the "Rocket Fuel" party they earned for good behavior. Photo by Gwen Johnson

At the mid-point of each nine weeks, a special middle school celebration is held to reward those students who exhibit positive behaviors both in and out of the classroom.

“The more ‘Rocket Fuel’ slips student earn, the greater the chances they have at winning the reward prizes to be given away at each ceremony,” Coe said. “If a student misbehaves or is suspended from school, the principal and assistant principal will take away their Rocket Fuel slips and/or deny them entrance to the reward celebrations and a chance at winning the prizes.”

Although every student who attended the celebration last week was in the winning category, some lucky students won the drawing for grand prizes. In addition to numerous small prizes handed out, grand prizes awarded so far have been an iPod won by Denver Austin, an LED television by Dylan Arey, a digital camera by Destiny Wente, and a 24-inch LED TV by Alisa Myers. The next celebration will be March 22.

“The “Rocket Fuel” program is funded by fundraisers and donations from businesses, and the school would like to publicly thank those businesses that have donated,” Coe said. They ares: Sam’s Club, Walmart, Target, Salem Valley 8 Movie Theater, The Skate Center of Roanoke Valley, Ruby Tuesdays at Valley View, and Logan’s Steakhouse.