Club owner rewards students for good grades - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Ben Watson

Club owner rewards students for good grades

The highlight of an honors assembly Thursday at Humes Middle School was a standing ovation for three students who were singled out for making the principal's list.

"It means everything," student Marshon Mitchell said. "I mean, you get good things if you do right."

And in this case for Mitchell and fellow students Kevin Applewhite and Ayana Hardy, doing right meant putting their school work first.

"I studied hard, and I cut some of my phone time out, and I just prayed about it," Hardy said.

Those student's hard work was rewarded Thursday when local night club owner Roy Hughes rented a limo for the three students and drove them and their chaperones around town for three hours.

The trip included lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown.

"What we've decided to do is try to use this as an incentive to motivate kids who want to be something in life and want to progress," Hughes said.

It was the second time Hughes has given principal's list students limo rides.  He came up with the idea following criticisms earlier this year about disturbances around his club.

"This is my way of giving back beyond that controversy," he said. "I don't want to be judged strictly by my night club activity."

Hughes said rewarding the students for getting all A's will motivate others to work harder to get good grades.
For Kevin Applewhite, road in a limo for the first time in his life Wednesday, the trip was a great reward.

"It feels good because I actually get out of school for something that I did good," he said.

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