Editorial: Behavioral program praised

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 11:46 PM

A well-deserved “good job” is offered to the Vance County Schools for work within schools on students’ behavior.

Many in our community lament growing detrimental trends. While a good number are societal and challenging to reverse, the local public school system is taking a good step with the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.

The program teaches social behavior through a system that defines expected positive behavior. It operates with incentives and consequences.

When it comes to educating our children, there’s more to it than just books and lessons and tests. We need to produce fine young women and men. This program is intentional in that effort and should enhance their “books” education as well.

• Praise and congratulations are in order for the Boys & Girls Club.

On the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a group traveled to the nation’s capital to see the sights. Students making the trip were excited and inspired.

Most people now out of school can recall the excitement and fun of the traditional school field trip. In various pockets of schools and school systems, they tend to vary with frequency. Pulling one off requires numerous things coming together, from managing details to expenses to relevance.

Just past 50 years since the March on Washington, the timing was great for this group.

• Back-to-back exciting nights are coming to the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.

On Monday, the chamber of commerce from Granville County hosts its annual banquet. Presentation of the John Penn award highlights the evening. On Tuesday, the Henderson-Vance chamber takes the stage for its annual banquet and produces the double highlight of presenting Citizen of the Year and receiving a keynote address from Gov. Pat McCrory.

When NFL player Jason Brown spoke in 2008, tickets were difficult to obtain. He was the beloved hometown standout who had played at North Carolina and was with the Baltimore Ravens.

It is a credit to the chamber and our community that, despite our county’s majority allegiance to the blue side, a ticket for the Republican governor couldn’t be found for more than a week leading up to his visit. Logistics handled by the college are also to be praised. The 500-plus tickets are a record and it’s going to be tight.