Rewarding trip on “The Polar Express”

About 220 Holland Elementary students were treated to a trip to the Astra Theatre for a special viewing of “The Polar Express” on Wednesday.

The trip was made possible through the efforts of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Team at Southwest Dubois County School Corporation — also known as Raider PRIDE.

The initiative focuses on recognizing good behavior and providing opportunities to earn rewards like Raider Bucks and take part in larger events like this special trip throughout the year.

This school year, Holland Elementary students will be treated to four big events that include fun bounce houses, this special movie at the Astra, a foam truck party, and a giant slip-n-slide at the end of the year. Students can use their earned Raider Bucks to purchase items from a special store or tickets for a huge raffle that occurs at the end of the school year.

According to Holland Elementary Teacher Breanne Rainey, students also look forward to the celebrations and raffles. Teachers are encouraged to ensure every student receives a Raider Buck by recognizing any good behaviors or actions by students.

The trip and other incentives offered to students throughout the year are made possible by donations from community partners.

Holland Fifth grader Cohen Luker waits for his turn to get off the bus to go into the Astra for the special movie.
Holland Fourth Grader Kaiden Tempel holds up his golden ticket as he enters the Astra Theatre. Students were given tickets for “The Polar Express” at the school. Their tickets were punched as they began their journey on the buses to downtown Jasper.
From left: Evelyn Moesner, Harper Wibbeler, and Keira Schurz, all Holland fifth graders, decided to dress in matching pajamas for the special event. Students were dressed in a variety of pajamas and costumes for the trip.
Holland Elementary School First Grade Teacher Keshia Matthews takes a photo of her class at the Astra Theatre.
Instructional Assistant Toni Jones tossed a bag of popcorn to one of the students as the adult wrangled the 220 students into seats for the movie.