Students can now play pool, arcade and video games at an elementary school if they get good grades, and the room is a result of a community partnership aimed at increasing student engagement.
Thompson Family of Companies worked with Crosswell …
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Thompson Family of Companies worked with Crosswell Drive Elementary School to build a rec room to promote behavioral learning in the new, one-of-a-kind school resource.
Greg Thompson, chairman and CEO of Thompson Industrial Services, said the rec room is not just about good grades.
It's about developing good behavior, a safe space for students to hang out in and learning to work for positive reinforcement.
Students at the elementary school attended a pep rally Wednesday morning to celebrate the opening of the rec room, filling the hallways and cheering.
Big screens and comfortable places to hang out are featured in the rec room.
Thompson is one of two businesses that have officially adopted a Sumter School District school to provide community partnerships and additional resources to in-need campuses.
Crosswell's students benefit from the partnership with mentoring and access to learning about future jobs in the industrial field, but the positive reinforcement of the new rec room is something the school district is focusing on.
Thompson said focusing on young children creates a connection to their company that, ideally, in the future will build a positive connection for the company's future workforce.
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