Pampering is not usually part of the curriculum, but Ingram-Pye Elementary School made an exception this week.
Students who have excelled in the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports initiative, or PBIS, are reaping rewards for their hard work.
Principal Danielle Howard said the school strives to show their PAWS, an acronym that stands for prompt and prepared, accept responsibility, work diligently and show respect always.
“These are our schoolwide expectations,” Howard said.
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About 100 students got the spa treatment in a classroom at school with the help of cosmetology students from Virginia College.
Young men who have shown they are a cut above were draped in capes and seated in makeshift barber chairs for haircuts.
Little ladies who color their character with positive emotions had manicures with a fresh coat of nail polish.
Other girls at the head of the list for good behavior got new hairstyles as the Virginia College students wielded flat irons and twisted braids.
“If they got this special treatment, that means they have been doing this (PAWS) everywhere, not just in recess or lunch but everywhere in school,” Howard said.
The college students spruced up the students for free as part of their volunteer requirements at the school.
Cosmetology instructors were watching and honing their students’ beauty skills, much to the surprise of the children.
“They were surprised to see adults are students too,” Howard said.