Here's the link: Atlanta Journal Constitution Fulton to pay students in after-school program Creekside High and Bear Creek Middle will pay students $8 an hour for "Learn & Earn" program By MICHELLE E. SHAW The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 01/22/08 Fulton County schools want to pay students to stay in school a little longer. Forty students from Creekside High and Bear Creek Middle schools in Fairburn will be the first to try the "Learn & Earn" program, where students will get paid to attend after-school tutoring programs. Students will make approximately $8 an hour, and be eligible for bonuses if their grades improve, said Kirk Wilks, district spokesman. The initial students are in the eighth and 11th grades. There will be a community kick-off Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Creekside High media center, 7405 Herndon Rd., Fairburn. With the support of Fulton County Commissioner Robb Pitts, the pilot program will last 15 weeks and pay students for participation and performance. The object of the program is to determine if paying students to study will improve classroom attendance, grades and test scores, according to a news release from the district. The initiative is funded by Charles Loudermilk, chairman and chief executive officer of Aaron Rents, through the Learning Makes A Difference Foundation. The foundation is a local non-profit designed to improve education through creative programs. The students chosen for the program were picked by school staff, based on attendance, grades, test scores and free or reduced lunch status, the release said.