School gives cash prizes for on-time students

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- Students at a northeast Tennessee high school are getting a cash reward for being in class on time.

A new program began last week at Unicoi County High School in Erwin, under which a monthly $300 prize is awarded to a student -- to be split equally with his or her parents.

Sophomore Aaron Shelly got the first one and plans to spend his $150 half treating friends at a Red Lobster.

School truancy employee LeAnn Bowman told the Johnson City Press the school is held accountable for the students' education and teachers can't educate them if they're not there.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

APNP-02-03-09 0956CST


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