N.R. Burger Middle School (Hattiesburg Public School District) and Ruff Ryders Motorcycle Club, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, National Pan-Hellenic Council, West Point Baptist Church, Ain’t Life Grand Investments, Golden Corral

Students impacted: 531
Volunteers: 25
Duration of partnership: 3 years

Burger Middle School comprises interdisciplinary teams, or pods, that address students’ academic needs along with clubs and organizations in the community that address students’ social needs. Community partners have actively supported the objectives of the school's positive behavior incentive system for both students and teachers. In addition, they support students in their quest for academic excellence. 

Focusing on rewarding positive behavior and academic success has produced positive outcomes in school attendance and behavior expectations. Students want to attend school so they can participate in pod celebrations, community service events, and other activities co-sponsored by community partners. Because most of Burger's community partners work in professional settings, when they interact with students, they remind them that attending school every day and making good grades are traits that pave the way to success at school, on the job, and in life.  

Activities:
• Ruff Ryders donated supplies for Student Council parent night, food preparation for Mobile Street Festival, pod celebration.
• Alpha Phi Alpha provided support for fundraisers, events, morning greetings; donated items for teacher gift bags.
• West Point Baptist Church donated supplies and items for teacher-appreciation gift bags; event support
• Ain’t Life Grand Investments provided lunch for presenters at 8th grade college and career fair.
• Golden Corral donated gift certificates for A-Team banquet

Impacts:
• From August - October, 516 of 531 students had zero to one referral. This means 74% of student body is successful with Tier I Positive Behavior Incentive System.
• 120 of 531 students invited to first term “A-Team” banquet to be recognized for outstanding academics, attendance, attitude.
• Attendance for first semester was 95 percent, which meets the state requirement.

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