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June 27, 2014

BUGS 201406/30/14 Skylar Thews of Jefferson Elementary School in Plymouth has something new to pedal about on this summer after working hard in the classroom all school year.

Skyler won a new bicycle, compliments of Young’s TV and Appliance, as part of the Kiwanis BUGS Program. BUGS, stands for Brining Up Grades and is a program sponsored by the Plymouth Kiwanis group in all the fourth grade classes in Plymouth Schools as well as Argos.

The BUGS program uses charts to track the students’ success and uses incentives of certificates, buttons and a party to encourage students to work hard in class and bring up their grades and state standards from one grading period to the next. BUGS helps students discover helpful study tips and to set goals to increase their class scores. Students in the program are not competing against each other, but against their personal best. They are told it is ok to make a mistake as long as you learn from it. Even straight A students can earn rewards in the program and students who help other students achieve success are known as Super Bugs.

One student’s name per class at each school was drawn, and all the names were put into a drawing for the bike drawing. Skyler was the lucky winner and won brand new bike. BUGS Chairperson Susan Wagner said she is thankful to Young’s TV and Appliance for once again donating the bicycle that was given away this year.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and once community at a time. The Plymouth Kiwanis meet each Tuesday at noon at Chirsito’s Banquet Center in Plymouth and interested new members are always welcome. For more information contact Tom Sibal at 935-8442.

PICTURED: Angie Mills-Jefferson Elementary Principal, Skyler Thews, Tammy Boys-Kiwanis President, Susan Wagner-BUGS Chairperson