TAMPA, Fla. — Karen Rodriguez is a great student. She’s also the number one player on Leto High School's tennis team.
Neither of those accomplishments are good enough to get her into the Tampa school’s brand-new “Incentive Room.”
It is a spacious fun zone jam-packed with foosball, pop-a-shot, air hockey, video games, a snack cart and more.
In order to play, Karen needed to earn 15 Falcon Bucks for being “punctual, present, prepared and respectful,” otherwise known as the Falcon Four.
“We’re trying our best to earn the Falcon Bucks, so we can keep coming here!” says Karen, who loves playing ping-pong with her friend Maria.
Leto Principal Larissa McCoy relied on generosity from the community to help build the Incentive Room.
“The goal of this is to reward positive behaviors instead of always consequencing the bad,” says McCoy. “It’s really easy to focus our time on 5 percent of 2,000 kids. We forget sometimes about the 95 percent who do the right thing every day.”