06/01/12 Kendal Ferguson of Argos Elementary School in Argos has learned that it pays to work hard in school and get good grades.

Kendal won a new bicycle, compliments of Young’s TV and Appliance, as part of the Kiwanis BUGS Program.  BUGS, stands for Brining Up Grades and is a program sponsored by the Plymouth Kiwanis group in all the fourth grade classes in Plymouth Schools as well as Argos.

The BUGS program uses charts to track the students’ success and uses incentives of certificates, buttons and a party to encourage students to work hard in class and bring up their grades from one grading period to the next.  BUGS helps students discover helpful study tips and to set goals to increase their grades. Students in the program are not competing against each other, but against their personal best. They are told it is ok to make a mistake as long as you learn from it. Even straight A students can earn rewards in the program and students who help other students achieve success are known as Super Bugs.

One student’s name per class at each school was drawn, and all the names were put into one hat for the bike drawing. Kendal was the lucky winner and won brand new bike. She says she is happy to have a new bike since she had outgrown her old one.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and once community at a time. The Plymouth Kiwanis meet each Tuesday at noon at Christo’s Banquet Center in Plymouth and interested new members are always welcome. For more information contact Tom Sibal at 935-8442.

PICTURED:In the center front with the bicycle is Argos 4th grader Kendal Ferguson, then from left to right is Gina Young (Young’s TV and Applicance in Plymouth is sponsoring the bike), Diann Bradley, Mr. Holloway (Argos Elementary Principal), Dot Taiclet and Susan Wagner (Chairperson of the BUGS committee).