Middle school rewards good behavior with magic show

Mike Bliss of Branson, Mo., kicks off his magic show at Malone Middle School on Tuesday afternoon. Alexander Violo/Malone Telegram

MALONE — Prior to the start of Thanksgiving break, students and staff at Malone Middle School were treated to a magic show on Tuesday afternoon.

Mike Bliss of Branson, Mo., was on hand performing card tricks, rope tricks and a trick with a kiwi, while getting assistance from students and teachers as he worked through his comedy show.

According to Kaleigh Spaulding, a counselor at the middle school, the afternoon’s magic show was the first big assembly the school has hosted since before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s been a few years since we have done anything like this,” Spaulding said. “Probably for a lot of the kids this is the very first presentation they have been to, they are pretty excited. Probably, the last time anything like this was done was three years ago, it’s been a pretty long time.”

Spaulding said the event was sponsored by the school’s positivity committee as a way to reward students for their good behavior.

“We are looking to sponsor events like this on a quarterly basis as we get back into some kind of normalcy here,” Spaulding said.

Spaulding said this is the first year the middle school has had a positivity committee.

“The committee is brand new this year, this is kind of our big kickoff,” Spaulding said. “We wanted to reward kids for having awesome behavior, because it’s good for them, and when they can be recognized for doing good things they want to do it again.”

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