"When we say, 'hey guys, we got bugs coming,' they know exactly who we're talking about," said Michael Garcia, principal at Long Elementary.
The "bugs" are members of the Kiwanis club. Teachers at Long nominate two students from their classroom every six weeks for the recognition. After the students are nominated, members from the Kiwanis Club award them with a certificate, a pencil, and a coupon for a free sandwich at Chick-Fil-A.
"Students who may have been working really hard to improve their grades, helpful with their work, and also good attitudes toward their peers," said second grade teacher Amy Hess.
"They are recognized in front of their peers, which is key, because they love being recognized," Garcia said.
At the end of the school year, every student who has received a "BUG" award gets their name put into a drawing for a new bike. Two students from each grade will take one home.
"They love that someone else in the community is caring about them, and they're not just getting praise and recognition from their teachers, but they're also getting recognition from people in the community," Hess said.