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Grade Incentive Program

Valuing education and seeking knowledge will result in better lives, better communities, and a better future for our children. We must, therefore, use every means available to stimulate, to motivate, and to inspire our children to value education and to seek knowledge.

Children who value education and seek knowledge will be rewarded in many ways and on many levels. However, some of these rewards may not be easily recognized and others will come later in life. The purpose of the “Project 2019 Grade Incentive Program” is to reward our children now for their educational excellence and to make it clear to them that we truly believe that it will lead to their success in the future.

Finally, it is important to note that the success of this program will not simply be the result of students caring more and working harder to earn a monetary award for good grades. This program will succeed because of the concern being shown to the students regarding their grades, the highlighting and spotlighting of their grades, and the “challenge” to the students to do as well as their peers.


OVERVIEW OF A "TYPICAL" PROJECT 2019 GRADE INCENTIVE PROGRAM

(1) SELECT / RECRUIT A GROUP OF UP TO 20 STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE:
This group can consist of children from a church, children from a school, children of your friends, children in a neighborhood, etc., or any combination of the above. Of course, when possible, every attempt should be made to focus on students who do not have a lot of other incentive to do well in school.

(2) EXPLAIN THE RULES TO THE STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS / GUARDIANS:
** To participate, students must be registered in the program.
** Awards will be based on marking period, semester, and / or end of year grades.
** Students will be rewarded for grades as follows: “A” = $5 *** “B” = $3 *** “C” = $1
** The maximum award per student is $25.
** A minimum of one Award Ceremony will be held (usually in June).

(3) CHECK ON STUDENTS' PROGRESS / ENCOURAGE THEM / WORK WITH THEM:
This can be done by simply reminding the students of the program, giving them an occasional phone call, sending them e-mail, or postal mail, etc. Or it can be as elaborate as having monthly or end of marking period reviews or parties, having tutoring sessions, etc.

(4) HAVE AT LEAST ONE AWARD CEREMONY AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR:
The "Award Ceremony," can be as simple or as elaborate as you choose. You can have a party for the participants in your home, a church basement, etc. In addition to monetary awards, all participants should receive a Project 2019 certificate and awards may be given for highest GPA, most improved, etc., etc.

NOTE: There are two key features of this "typical" program as described above. One feature is that the maximum award of $25 per student limits the cost of the program to a "maximum of $500" -- that is, a full program of 20 students with all 20 getting the maximum $25 award. The second feature is that the maximum award of $25 per student solves the problem of students having variable number of classes, different grading systems, etc., etc., etc. The maximum of $25 pretty much levels the playing field for everyone involved. And if there are extraordinary circumstances, for example a student who had only four classes and got four A's, the student could still be awarded the maximum $25.

Of course, for some of our youths, $25 may not sound like much these days. But for someone who is getting $25 for doing something he or she has to do anyway, it is not a bad deal. Even so, you are certainly free to increase the maximum award -- for example, for older students. In any case, note that the success of the program will not be determined solely by the desire of the students to earn an extra $25. The success of the program will be determined just as much by the concern being shown for academic excellence, competition and group dynamics, and the "challenge" to be at the maximum award level.

Needless to say, the Project 2019 National Organization will provide what ever support you need to ensure the success of your program -- including putting students names / pictures on the Project 2019 Web site, providing free Project 2019 buttons, assisting in providing Project 2019 t-shirts, etc.


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