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Sundae fun day for Crosslake students

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The last day of the year for Crosslake Community School (CCS) students ended with a cherry on top — literally.

As a reward for good behavior, students turned school director Todd Lyscio and physical education teacher Lisa Schumacher into human ice cream sundaes.

Lyscio and Schumacher were covered in ice cream, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, sprinkles and even cherries as students cheered.

The reward came as part of the Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program, which seeks to focus on proactive strategies to support positive student behavior, rather than only reacting to misbehavior.

Throughout the school year, if Crosslake students demonstrate positive behavior, they are awarded tickets. If they earn enough tickets in a month, they receive a school T-shirt. Students are also entered into a monthly drawing for additional prizes.

At the beginning of the school year, teachers set a goal of 8,000 tickets earned by all students in grades K-8. If the students reached this goal, they would receive a special reward. The students smashed the goal by nearly 1,000 tickets, earning the right to sling dessert.

There was lots more fun to be had at the last day of school, including a dunk tank, face painting, sidewalk chalk, Nintendo Wii dancing and waffles on a stick from a food truck. Lyscio noted the support of parent volunteers made the event possible.

Chelsey Perkins

Chelsey Perkins grew up in Crosslake and is a graduate of Pequot Lakes High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree in professional journalism from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Perkins has interned at the Lake Country Echo and the Rochester and Austin Post-Bulletins and also worked for the student-run Minnesota Daily newspaper as a copy editor and columnist during college. She went on to intern at Utne Reader magazine, where she was later hired as the research editor. Before joining the Brainerd Dispatch, Perkins worked as a staff writer for the Pineandlakes Echo Journal.

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