By JEFFREY CULLEN-DEAN | Apr. 06, 2019 – 3:36 PM

Evans Middle School students and teachers faced off against each other in a student versus teacher basketball game.

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Royce Dala shoots a basket during the students versus teachers basketball game at Evans Middle School.

“We’re raising money and the money goes back to the kids for rewards and field trips,” said Gamal Kemp, assistant principal at Evans Middle School. “We just wanted to come up with rewards for the kids.”

According to Kemp, the money raised will go toward Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PIBS), a district-wide initiative to encourage positive behavior in students.

Students paid $2 to attend the game. The money will feed back into the student body in the form of rewards supporting positive behavior and will be used to fund field trips, said Kemp.

“Every school creates out own rewards and prizes,” he said.

The assistant principal said the students from each grade voted for a boy and a girl to represent them on the student basketball team. The teachers’ team was made up of volunteers.

“The kids say we’re too old, so they’ve been talking trash all week,” Kemp said.

The teachers held strong against the students in the first half of the game but fell short in the second, narrowly losing 32-30.