Rewards and Incentives
Research indicates that using "treats" to incentivize or reward students has negative consequences. The District 286 Wellness Policy #533 states: "Incentives: Rewards and incentive items will not include food or beverages. Conversely, withholding food or beverages as a form of punishment is not allowed." 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.
See below for multiple resources to use instead of food for incentives or rewards.