How about giving away shoes?
I know, I know, this "earn to learn" debate could go on forever, but I couldn't resist just one more entry...
The Sports Boosters of Maryland and Holabird Sports today announced the launch of their "Shoes for Grades Challenge" at 12 high schools in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Any student who can raise his or her grade-point average by one full grade from the second to the third marking period will get a pair of name-brand athletic shoes.
Is it any more palatable to give out shoes than cash? And what about the kids who already have straight A's?
For a list of schools participating in the Shoes for Grades Challenge (many of them the same city schools where Andres Alonso is trying to lure students with incentive money), read on.
Baltimore City participants: Dr. Samuel L. Banks High, Forest Park High, Heritage High, Patterson High, Reginald Lewis High, Vivien T. Thomas Medical Arts Academy, W.E.B. Dubois High
Baltimore County participants: Dundalk High, Lansdowne High, Parkville High, Randallstown High, Kenwood High