CLARK, NJ – Students at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School submitted online bids to trade places with their teachers during the 2nd Annual Teacher for the Day fundraiser held toward the end of the school year. 

54 students and 33 teachers and administrators participated in the event. “This has been something we have been waiting all school year for,” said Erini Dagiantish, an eighth-grader at the school.  Dagiantish participated with her friend, Brianna Rodrigues, in trading places with their math teacher, Ms. Hull.

“I think Erini and Brie realized how difficult it is to maintain and keep middle schoolers’ attention,” said Hull “Both girls said how they appreciate my patience, so it was nice getting recognition from students.”

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It was a fun day had by all students and staff with the success of raising $2000.

Funds raised by the online bids helped generate funds for a new program starting in the school year to come.  Positive Behavior Support in Schools is a program designed to encourage the school’s environment to focus on good behavior through prevention and rewards, instead of punishment.

According to school officials, elements of the program will be weaved into school activities and curriculum, so it can become part of the everyday climate. The program will be referred to as ‘Carl’s Club’.

The money raised will be recycled back to the students in form of rewards for their positive behavior. Students will be able to earn rewards in many forms such as snacks, toys and gift cards.  

The school is already working on plans to continue this event next year.

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