The PAWS-itive Panther is our building-wide positive behavior recognition for both students and staff in order to create a more positive school climate. Students and staff have the opportunity to give PAWS-itive Panther cards to others when they see them displaying a behavior that makes Springboro Junior High School a more positive and respectful place. This has benefits for both the writer and the recipient and this reinforcement of pro-social behaviors is an evidence-based kernel that will increase desirable behaviors and can decrease unwanted behaviors. Research indicates that the benefits of reinforcement programs can include decreasing a number of undesirable outcomes including anxiety, dropout rates, and violence at school while increasing positive behavior, morale, and physical health. PAWS-itive Panther cards are given to the recipient and turned in during the "Thriving Thursday" activity period. The cards highlight positive character strengths in our students, specifically the ROAR traits of Respect, Ownership, Attitude, and Responsibility. Thanks to the kindness of our students and staff, Springboro Junior High School is an even better place to learn and grow.