NO TECH CHALLENGE: Principal to pay students to stay off electronics over summer

- A D.C. charter school principal is reaching into her own pocket to try and get her students to put down their electronics this summer.

Diana Smith, principal at the Washington Latin Public Charter School, is paying kids $100 if they can turn off of their electronic devices every Tuesday from now until school starts again in August.

Smith said she issued the challenge after becoming concerned about her students being too attached to their devices.

"This is a powerful force in their lives and I really want to help them learn how to put it aside - just for a bit - so they get the feeling of what it’s like if they don’t have these devises in their hands 24 hours a day," Smith said.

The parents cheered and the students groaned, she said, when she made the announcement. "I want them to learn it in their whole being - that when they put the phone down they’re other parts of their lives that they'll be able to access."

Smith says it will cost her$16,000 if all 160 of her students takes her up on her offer. She expects may 50 to give it a try.


- No electronics all day on Tuesdays until the end of the summer (11 total days)

- This means no television, movies, cellphones or video games

- Parents / guardian will write a letter confirming their children completed the challenge

- Reward is $100


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