"One student had perfect attendance this year. He missed 20 days of school last year."
BUS Bucks is a collaborative effort among Binghamton University Community Schools, Kim Myers, Dick's Sporting Goods and several of our local school districts.
The goal of this program is to provide K-12 students with a feeling of empowerment and control over their lives, their education and ultimately their future. We hope to demonstrate to them that a strong work ethic pays dividends.
Each participating school has an on site community school coordinator who works with the students and their families to identify individual challenges and goals for each student. Those goals may involve addressing chronic absenteeism, behavior and/or family issues, or any other issue that is hindering academic success.
The students select rewards for achievement of their goals. Currently, some commonly requested rewards from students include sporting goods, gift cards/tickets to local businesses/sporting events, electronic equipment, or participation in athletic and extracurricular events. Some cases have included requests for basic necessities such as a mattress or gift cards for food.
Faculty and a doctoral student at Binghamton University's College of Community and Public Affairs (CCPA) will be documenting and evaluating the impact of this program on student achievement.
Support BUS Bucks
We invite you to partner with us to provide incentives and rewards for participating students. Your donations may be tax deductible. At this time, we are in need of cash gifts, merchandise donations or gift certificates. These students are our future workforce; investment now will reap rewards for all of us in the future.
Checks can be made payable to the Binghamton University Foundation. Please write "BUS Bucks #11144" in the memo section and mail to:
Binghamton University Foundation
PO Box 6005
Binghamton, NY 13902-6005
Credit card gifts can be made at our secure, online giving page.
Interested in donating time? Your involvement is also welcome.
We invite you to contact us:Kim Myers firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Bronstein Dean, College of Community and Public Affairs Binghamton University email@example.com
"My student is keeping track of her attendance and has reported she is proud of herself for her improvement in her attendance this year."