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iPod Fridays teaches schoolkids responsible technology

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It seems everyone has an iPod or mp3 player these days. Most schools make kids turn them off and put them away while they're at school.

But a school in Chandler is letting kids pay to play their devices.

They are calling it "iFridays" -- if kids pay one dollar on Fridays at Pueblo Middle School they can listen to their music during lunch time.

The kids say think it's a great idea and administrators say it teaches responsibility -- and also brings in some extra cash for the school.

Friday lunch period at Kyrene Del Pueblo School in Chandler just got a lot more entertaining for students.

For one dollar they can buy a wristband that will allow them to listen to their iPods during the lunch break.

"Well I think it's really cool that they're letting Pueblo do the iFridays because kids like to listen to music a lot," says 6th grader Liam Thorne.

"I don't know, it's just a cool opportunity that we get to do at our school," says student Natalee Gray.

The so-called "iFridays" started at the beginning of the month and so far, the kids seem to like it.

"I just got these new headphones and a new iPod and I thought it's pretty cool for us to bring it to school and listen to it," says Thorne.

6th grade student Cohen Strawder says rocking out while he eats is a nice change.

"Well I just got a new phone for Christmas and then my mom got me these beats for a special after-Christmas present -- so I'm like oh, well that's perfect! Might as well."

Students can also use their e-readers -- but they can't access the internet, social media, or send text messages.

The money raised will stay at the school to help purchase materials for the classroom.

School administrators think it's a win-win situation.

"And so really it's just an opportunity for us to teach kids some responsible ways to use technology," says Assistant Principal James Martin.

The assistant principal says another school that also has "iFridays" brought in $7,000 in one year. Again, that money was used in classrooms and for school activities.

This could be something a lot of other schools may look into.

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