PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan city is turning to video games to engage students after school.
The Port Huron City Council has agreed to spend roughly $60,000 on a gaming trailer that will brought to the city’s high school, the Times Herald reported.READ MORE: Winning Lotto 47 Ticket Worth $1.43 Million Sold In Warren
The last two years have been “challenging,” especially with school routines disrupted by COVID-19, Principal Mike Palmer said.
“We want to motivate kids to come to school, we want to motivate kids to be engaged in learning, and ultimately we need to motivate kids to get credits and graduate and be productive members of our community,” Palmer told the council last week.
Officials call it part of a “Marks and Rec” program. The Stebbins Family Fund is providing $20,000 for the effort.READ MORE: Meijer Offering Free Delivery On Orders $35 And More
The program begins with a video game component to inspire learning in a trailer called the Gaming Garage and to help students keep up with grades and credits.
The city is also considering gift cards and snack-related ideas for after-school activities.
“We want to help be that hook, the hook to get kids to want to come for tutoring after school,” said Nancy Winzer, Port Huron’s parks and recreation director.MORE NEWS: Tenants Fed Up Over No Heat & Hot Water At The Sapphire Apartments, Management Responds
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