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'Moments with Max' help students learn the power of positive behavior

Max, a 3.5-month-old puppy, is encouraging positive behavior at Pisgah Forest Elementary School. When students are recognized for being positive, they earn reward time with Max. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The youngest student at a Transylvania County school has stolen the hearts of everyone there.

Max is a 3.5-month-old puppy who is encouraging positive behavior at Pisgah Forest Elementary School.

When students are recognized for being positive, they earn reward time with Max.

Kids can earn points for "Moments with Max" by being quiet in the hallway, following directions, or showing good manners.

"Our principal has done a really good job of creating a positive culture and climate in the school, and I think having Max here just adds to that," Missy Ellenberger, the assistant principal, said.

Students said everybody should always be on their best behavior.

"You would be kinder and more thoughtful, and you would be a great person in the world," Kayson, a second-grader, explained.

Students said "Moments with Max " also help them be better caretakers of their animals at home.

Max's mom said one day she hopes he earns a therapy dog certificate.

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