Brookings-Harbor High School students have been busy writing, drawing, composing and painting pieces that "describe a moment in their life when they needed help, and someone reached out and looked for the best in them and helped them to see it" for a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) assignment.

For the assignment, students were encouraged to acknowledge others who helped them recognize their strengths.

"We felt that students needed an opportunity to be able to write about a time when somebody did something positive for them and really take a look at those people who create a positive school environment and look for the best themselves and others to encourage all students to look for the best in themselves and all others," BHHS PBIS coordinator Michelle Prudden said.

The top submissions are part of a series titled "Enhancing the Positive" that will be published about once a month in the Curry Coastal Pilot through the end of the school year. Today's submissions are by junior Katie Brooksbank and senior Brittany Gross.

The lesson was assigned in late November, and submissions were due in December. Staff then ranked them based on how much effort students put into them.

"We got really good quality submissions andndash; great artwork, amazing poetry and wonderful essays," Prudden said. "We didn't really get the number of submissions we were hoping for. (They received 10 to 15.) It could be students were busy, or weren't comfortable sharing that information publicly."

Students whose pieces will be published in the Pilot also received a gift card of their choice from businesses such as Dairy Queen, Fred Meyer and Zola's Pizzeria.