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Philadelphia elementary principal offers students $100 to not fight

Each student in eighth grade, Mitchell Elementary in Philadelphia gets $100 if they can make it to graduation without fighting.

(Reuters)

One of the most important in a poor elementary school in Southwest Philadelphia is reportedly looking to curb violence at her school by offering students money.

And she is willing to go into her own pockets to do.

Stephanie Andrewlevich, the principal at Mitchell Elementary, came up with the idea to offer each one of the 33 students in the eighth class, $100 if they can make it to graduation without in a of jamie, Philly.com reported.

If a student breaks the rule, the whole class loses out on the money.

“I wanted to challenge them to be what their families see in them, what we know of them,” Andrewlevich told the newspaper. “They have a choice — to have the violence they see in their day-to-day life, or to take the models for our school and our community.”

About 81 percent of the students at Mitchell Elementary live below the poverty line, the paper reported.

The client, who is now in her third year at the school, said they pay the $3,300 from her own pocket if a sponsor does not come forward to help.

The challenge has gone 70 days without an incident.

“Mostly, we just don’t want to fight anymore,” Zakiya Barnes-Wiggins, 14, told the newspaper.

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