What’s Right With Our Schools: SOAR Academy provides incentive rec room for students


MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some educators say students work harder when they are provided incentives. Students at Soar Academy agree.

Soar Academy is taking a new approach to get students excited to learn. Thanks to community partners and sponsors, Soar Academy has a recreation center that can be utilized by students who are doing well in school.

Eighth grader Keoria Young says, “It’s something different from other schools and I feel like it’s going to motivate kids.”

Principal Terese Martin adds, “We will now begin offering a monthly celebration for those students who are displaying positive behavior.”

“We got a ping pong, you got a basketball, you got the Wii, they got everything you can ask for,” says twelfth grader Johnathan Kimble.

The incentive based recreation room allows students to free their minds and stay focused on their journey throughout school.

It’ll motivate me to want to earn points, do better during the week and get my work done,” Young explains.

Students earn access to the PBIS rec room once a month. Each week students earn points, then cash them in for eagle bucks. from there, they’ll able to engage in the fun activities.

Kimble adds, “It’s a good way of the kids to like get away from the classroom to have a little fun time.”

Principal Martin says the plan for the recreation room has been in the works for 2 years.

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(478) 745-4141 ext. 303 Karlisha Booze joined the 41NBC news team in October 2013 as the producer for 41 TODAY. A year later, reporting for Channel 17, the Bibb County School District channel, was added to her responsibilities. Born and raised in Macon, Karlisha is proud to be in her hometown doing what she loves to do. Karlisha's passion for news began in elementary school where she anchored the school's morning news and got an opportunity to try out for the Junior Journalists at WMAZ. She also performed in commercials with Kids Voting Georgia, for Bibb County and Cox Communications. Prior to working at 41NBC, she was a news intern at WGXA and was later hired as a production assistant and worked as a fill-in anchor/producer for the station's morning news broadcast. Karlisha graduated from Middle Georgia College in 2009 with an Associate of Arts (Communications), from Fort Valley State University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communications), and from Ashford University in 2014 with a Master of Arts (Organizational Management). She is currently pursuing a Doctorate focusing on Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys writing poetry and spending time with family and friends, especially her son, Ka'Dence. If you have any story ideas, please pass them along!