• Mary Harrison

Garland, Swartz recognized as PBIS Students


CHS sophomore Bre'Ijaha Garland and freshman Makayla Swartz are this week's featured PBIS Students of the Week at Cairo High School.

Bre'Ijaha, the daughter of Oliver Taylor and Victoria Garland, lives in Cairo and was nominated by CHS chorus instructor Ms. Erikka Edwards for her hard work and talent as a vocalist; the 15-year-old was the only chorus student to represent Cairo High in Georgia's All-State Reading Chorus this year.

Garland says her favorite subject is math, and her favorite educator is Ms. Royale Armstrong, CHS science teacher. When not practicing with the CHS and Family Worship Center choirs, Bre enjoys singing and working on Do-It-Yourself projects at home. Garland intends to study at a medical school, like Emory University or UGA, and become an OBGYN after graduating from Cairo High.

Makayla, 16, lives in Whigham with parents Billy and Mary Swartz. Swartz was nominated by CHS math instructor Mrs. Paige Banks, her favorite teacher, for being a model student by consistently doing assigned tasks, helping classmates, and “never [being] afraid to ask questions.”

Swartz says her favorite subject is math and that after school she enjoys hanging out with friends, riding bikes, following Florida Gators football, and playing on her phone and tablet. Makayla's post-secondary plans include attending college and becoming a math teacher.

Every Friday during the school year, Cairo High School Principal Chris Lokey and Assistant Principal Chief Andrew Jones name a “Positive Behavior Intervention Support [PBIS] Student of the Week,” a CHS student recognized by faculty or administration for modeling positive behaviors to fellow students.

Each week's winner is chosen randomly from Mr. Lokey's “golden drum” containing “MAKERbucks,” rewards given to students who exemplify parts of the “MAKER Matrix”: M – Model student, A – Attendance, K – Knowledgeable, E – Exhibit Excellence, R – Respectful and Responsible.

PBIS Students of the Week are recognized during the school's morning announcements and given a certificate of acknowledgment and gift certificate to Mr. Chick.