Rewards and Incentives

  • Research indicates that using "treats" to incentivize or reward students has negative consequences. The District 286 Wellness Policy #533 states, "Staff will not use edible items as rewards for academic performance or good behavior. Rewards and incentives will not include edible items (including but not limited to candy, mints, snacks and beverages). Staff will not withhold food or beverages as punishment or as leverage with a student." 

    The Center for Science in the Public Interest has found that, "...the best policy is not to use food to reward children for good behavior or academic performance." The resources provided are intended to generate ideas, as not all the suggestions are aligned with procedures in the various Brooklyn Center Community School District buildings. Please consult with your building administration if you are unsure if a suggestion aligns with the building practices.

    The 2022-23 Wellness Action Plans for all three BCCS school sites include goals to increase physical activity opportunities for students and staff during the school day. Understanding that Black, Indigenous and Students of Color are more likely to be negatively impacted by practices of withholding physical activity as a punishment, BCCS is committed to creating environments and opportunities for each student to utilize movement as needed for optimal academic growth and mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Physical activity may not be used as a negative consequence and withholding physical activity may not be used as a negative consequence. Offering movement opportunities as a reward or incentive is encouraged, when appropriate for the student. 

    See below for multiple resources to use instead of food for incentives or rewards.