Lillie Burney 6th grade S.T.E.A.M. Academy (Hattiesburg Public School District) - Positive Behavior Intervention and Support System

Partner: McDonald's 

Students impacted: 285
Volunteers: 400
Partnership duration: 1 year 

"We heard about your test results. What can we do?" That was a question posed by McDonald's restaurant owners Chad and Heather Williams. Since becoming partners with Lillie Burney, McDonald's and its employees have been loyal stakeholders in the school and community, with an emphasis on the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support System. The goal of PBIS is to increase academic achievement and decrease suspensions by consistently and habitually reinforcing positive student behaviors.


  • "Tiger Bucks” daily rewards program for positive behaviors
  • Awards Day events
  • NWEA Celebrations
  • Good Citizen Certificates


  • Office referrals dropped from 560 to 87 in one year
  • Office referrals that led to suspensions dropped from 304 to 85 in one year