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"It was as if the Olympics opening ceremony was replaced by a networking event," says the Verge. The event demonstrates
Retired teacher Mary Roettgen, who coached the frequent national champions from Green Hope, NC, is proud of her high-achieving team, but she gives the Verge a hack for getting her A students to help teach her D students:
[Roettgen] sets goals for her students - like getting 28 out of 30 kids in the class to pass a certification test - and then gives them a bonus if they hit their marks. "I'd chip in 20 bucks and we'd have a celebration in class." That had the effect of motivating the A students to help their struggling classmates. "And what's even neater, is that kid who was the 28th kid - they've never been celebrated for anything in the classroom - but they're the ones who got the whole class the party."
Roettgen, who's just trying to make us cry now, goes on: "You take that D or F student, and get them to pass? It can change their life. Somebody's just got to tell them they're worth something."