It’s the end of the school year, a moment kids have been waiting for all year. With it comes longer hours in the day, warmer weather and outdoor sports. All of this can make it pretty hard for a student to concentrate during the year. So how does a teacher combat the constant distractions? One Reading School District Teacher found the solution in a unique way.

In 2010, Eric Garcia, a 4th grade teacher at Glenside Elementary only had a few years of teaching under his belt but quickly realized he needed to find a better way to motivate his students. Of course kids will be kids so he thought why not start a classroom store.

Students earned (fake) money for good behavior and used the money to buy small items. One of the items students could buy was a raffle ticket for a chance to win a new bike at the end of the year.

“I chose a bike because so many kids spend a lot of their time on technology and not a lot of kids take the time to be active outdoors.” Says Garcia

As Garcia moved to Riverside Elementary, where he teaches today, he realized it was too much work to keep track of the money his students were collecting. Garcia needed a simpler way to manage his students. As they say “There’s an App for that”. So using his phone he researched other ideas. Garcia came across the ClassDojo App.

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