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Cabell County, West Virginia school breaking students of bad manners

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Central City Elementary School is working to eliminate bad behavior in students. Central City Elementary School is working to eliminate bad behavior in students.
HUNTINGTON, WV -

On Wednesday schools across Cabell County, West Virginia opened their doors for the 2014-2015 school year. While back to school usually means homework and studying, one elementary school is working hard towards a new kind of goal.

Central City Elementary School in Huntington has seen an increase in students who have a hard time at home. "We do have some kids that come from tough environments" says first grade teacher Larry Butcher. When students don't have a stable family life, the way they act and treat others seeps into the school system.

The school has decided to launch a program called Respect and Protect to help all students learn how to become well rounded individuals. "We'll spend a lot of time teaching these skills because they do need them. Not only in school but once they get outside and in the workforce it can only benefit them" says school principal Patrick O'Neal. 

The program is based on a points system. If students behave badly, they will have points deducted from their total score. At the end of each nine weeks students who keep a score of 90% will be rewarded with a fun field trip. 

"I think everyone likes to be rewarded for good behavior...even as an adult I like to be rewarded when I do something good" says Rebecca Shifflett who has two students at Central City Elementary. The goal is to motivate students to behave well, and instill values they can use even when they wont be rewarded.

The reward trip planned for this nine weeks is scheduled for October.

Students who maintain the required score will be treated to a day at the bowling alley.

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