Game Show Challenge Result of Participation in Martin’s A+ School Rewards Program
On Friday, March 26, 2010, Parkside Elementary School hosted its version of the popular television game show, “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” as a result of the school’s participation in the Martin’s A+ School Rewards Program. Parkside principal, Patti Stevenson, “challenged” LaVale Martin’s store manager, Bill McElvie, to a game show competition to determine which of the contestants was really “smarter than a fifth grader.” Parkside’s challenge was successful in being only one of five creative enough to be selected to earn triple A+ reward points.
The Principal’s Challenge contest is a part of the program that gives school principals the opportunity to challenge local Martin’s store managers in some type of contest in an effort to earn triple A+ points for their school.
Organized by teacher Betty McDowell and hosted by school superintendent, David Cox, the game gave each of the contestants an opportunity to answer grade level questions to determine the winner. Mr. McElvie was the winning contestant who successfully answered the most questions correctly. Mrs. Stevenson, who unfortunately lost a hard-fought battle, ended up in a dunking booth as a result of her loss.
The panel of six fifth grade students, who served as a resource for the game show contestants, each had the opportunity to throw one ball in an effort to dunk their principal. Student resource panelists included Abby Brauer, Ryan Campbell, Jared Klemm, Margaret Neidhart, Kayla Milligan, and Brandon McCloskey. Brauer, Klemm, and Milligan were successful in dunking Mrs. Stevenson. But because the contest was in good fun, each student panelist as well as Mr. McElvie, also took a turn in the dunking booth.
At the end of the program, Mrs. McDowell announced that Parkside’s grand total from the A+ School Rewards Program, noting that the amount had nearly doubled from last year, was $6,186.61. The school had 517 BONUSCARDS registered. A+ School Rewards are points that accrue with each purchase using a BONUSCARD, and at the end of each month, Martin’s determines participating schools’ cash totals which are credited to the school’s account.