Prin­ci­pal chal­lenges stu­dents to stay off screens for $100

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

A D.C. char­ter school prin­ci­pal might be out $16,000 af­ter is­su­ing a chal­lenge to stu­dents: no screens for 11 days of sum­mer.

Wash­ing­ton Latin Pub­lic Char­ter School Diana Smith tells lo­cal out­lets that ris­ing eighth- and ninth-graders can each earn $100 if they forego elec­tron­ics ev­ery Tues­day dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion. Ms. Smith, who will pay out her own pocket, says she’s con­cerned that stu­dents are spend­ing too much time with screens and are thus are suf­fer­ing a loss of sleep. She says the chal­lenge en­com­passes all elec­tron­ics, in­clud­ing tele­vi­sion, video games and cell­phones.

Stu­dents must have two adults over the age of 21 cer­tify their screen­free time. Al­though 160 stu­dents are el­i­gi­ble for the re­ward, Ms. Smith says she doesn’t an­tic­i­pate more than 50 stu­dents com­plet­ing the chal­lenge.

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