Principal challenges students to limit summer screen time, will pay them if they can do it

by: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk Updated:

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WASHINGTON - A Washington, D.C.-area principal has a deal for her students.

Diana Smith, who is the principal at the Washington Latin Public Charter School, will pay raising eighth- and ninth-graders $100 each if they turn off electronics every Tuesday of summer vacation, WRC reported.

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Smith is using her own money for the reward and could be out about $16,000 if all of the students keep their televisions, video games and cellphones, or any other electronics, turned off.

She’s not just taking the students’ word that they’re disconnected. Two adults, over the age of 21, to sign off that they powered down, WRC reported.

Smith says she doesn’t expect more than 50 of the 160 eligible students to be able to meet the challenge.

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