Students earn "money" for good behavior at Mid-South school

FAYETTE COUNTY, TN (WMC-TV) - The eagle students at Southwest Elementary in Fayette County are flying high, now that they can earn up to $6 a day for good behavior and good grades.

"Just a reminder about losing money: There's nothing like a fine or loss of money to straighten something out and I believe that's the most important thing," Southwest Principal Rodney Parks said Monday.

Twice a week, fake money is passed out to students who meet behavior and academic criteria.  The students then take their money and spend it at a store set up inside the school.

"You just gotta earn it. It's not that easy. It's all in your work and how your doing at school," 5th grader Dallas Lee said.

Students are able to buy everything from clothing to a bicycle to school supplies inside the Emporium, but they can only do so if their behavior is good inside and outside the classroom.

"Any student who is referred to the office by a teacher or a bus driver is subject to an Eagle fine, and that can range from five to fifty dollars," Parks said.

Parks said he has seen a 500 percent increase in student shoppers - shoppers who say it is a great way to keep them working hard without having to pay for it.

Students can earn up to $1,200 a year through the Eagle bucks program.  School officials said if you have something you would like to donate to the student store, call Southwest Elementary at 901-465-8317.

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