Handing Out Positive Tickets
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"We've been going out every summer doing walks in different neighborhoods," said Brandi Remington.
In some city neighborhoods, it's easy to spot the negative.
"Some people throw garbage on the ground. That's not positive, so I pick it up and put it in the garbage," said Babucar Taal.
Negative isn't what these kids are looking for.
"Positive things. like sharing and being helpful," said Shamirah Tubbs.
Good deeds, which will result in a ticket.
A Positive Ticket. That's the name of the city-sponsored program which teaches kids to value and reward the good.
"Because sometimes they're only hearing all that negative stuff on the news, but if you open your eyes and look around, people are helping each other out, being safe and we want to recognize that," Brandi said.
"I see people helping each other, taking care of their dog, garden, helping each other," said Lahkyin Kyin.
The Positive Ticket program was the idea of some city high school kids, who were tired of only hearing about the negative in their neighborhood.
Some people are surprised to be "ticketed;" pleasantly so, once they find out what it's all about. The program encourages people – adults and kids – to talk. And learn.
We asked Joe Sanguedolce is he thought there are more positive or negative acts in the community.
"Since I've been here, not as positive as it was. I think that's society in general," said Sanguedolce.
Program organizers say changing that opinion can start with recognizing the good, and building from there.
"It's gotta help. Can't hurt," Sanguedolce said.