Sweat game teaches students value of hard work

By WEEK Producer

March 7, 2014 Updated Mar 10, 2014 at 10:56 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Students of the Elite program learned the value of hard work tonight at a boot camp at the Riverplex.

Kids from eight high schools were told going to work isn't about hanging out with friends, its about working hard and helping your employer.

The students started the program in classrooms where they talked about the conflicts that come with work.

Students then participated in the sweat game, which involved two different scenes.

Elite director Carl Cannon says the program has been successful in teaching soft skills, but they still hadn't solved a four letter word.

"So this was our attempt at attacking lazy, by giving them a real experience at what it's like on going into the work world. And it should transition also into the classroom. Students who understand the value of work, the GPA goes up, the truancies go down, the attendance is stronger," said Elite director Carl Cannon.

Cannon wants to show students that going to work is tiring and at the end of the day you should look for a pillow instead of the streets.

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