Philly students have a fighting chance to meet a year-long 'peace challenge'

In one class, if no students fight all year, each gets $100.

Mike DeNardo
June 01, 2018 - 12:27 pm
Students from Mitchell Elementary School

Mike DeNardo/KYW Newsradio


PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Students at a school in Philadelphia's Kingsessing neighborhood are learning about how to manage money. And they may soon have some extra money to manage.  

At the beginning of the school year, Mitchell Elementary School Principal Stephanie Andrewlevich issued a challenge to the 36 kids in her eighth-grade class:  Make it through the year with no physical fights, and they'll each get $100. If anyone fights, the entire class loses out on the cash. Eighth-grader Kevin Carroll says the class became closer as a result.
"Some people were new and they didn't know what was going on. So we told them if you fight, you can't get the $100," Carroll said. "Everybody started to get along better."

But student Kayla Cook says there were a couple of close calls.
"Some girls almost fought and two boys almost fought," Cook said. "We broke it up. We reminded them about the $100 and they calmed down."
With a week to go in the school year, the kids took a financial literacy trip to M&T Bank in Oxford Circle. Andrewlevich was going to pay the kids out of her own pocket if need be, but the bank stepped forward to pick up the tab, if the kids meet the challenge.