(Posted July 7, 2016)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
Spotters in London, Mount Sterling, Plain City and West Jefferson are on the lookout for people, especially children, doing good in their communities.
The spotters range from law enforcement officers and elected officials to parks and recreation directors, community center organizers and Children’s Services employees. They reward do-gooders with prizes such as pool passes, vouchers for swim lessons, and restaurant gift certificates.
The program is called PAX Reward/Reminder and is new to Madison County this summer. The purpose is to promote, recognize and reward positive behaviors.
“We want people to see how one small behavior you choose to show can cause a ripple effect,” said Amanda Hampton, Madison County Family Services and Prevention coordinator.
Spotters look for individuals who are helping others, giving good effort, showing kindness or setting a good example. For instance, Hampton recognized two older boys for their efforts to include a younger boy in activities at a recent teen night.
“They went above and beyond to make him feel included,” she said.
In another example, youths who volunteered at the Humane Society of Madison County received incentives for their work.
PAX Reward/Reminder is a product of the Paxis Institute, a Tucson, Ariz., based company that develops tools and training to promote improvement in productivity, peace, happiness and health of people of all ages. The ultimate goal is to help individuals find ways to create nurturing environments at home, school, work and in the community.
Madison County first tied into the PAX approach several years ago through the PAX Good Behavior Game. Used by teachers in several local schools, the game shows students how to self regulate their behaviors, work well with others toward common goals, and focus on creating positive futures for themselves.
“The main message of PAX is: ‘I better myself, I better my world,’” Hampton said.
Look for PAX promoters at festivals, fairs and events to learn more. Or call Amanda Hampton at (740) 852-6342.