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Principal starts 'No phone, new friends Friday' lunchtime tradition


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Jackie Kennon -, Eastern Iowa, November 8, 2019

'No phone, new friends Fridays' is a new tradition at Iowa Valley Junior-Senior High School in Marendo. Principal Janet Behrens started it this year.

She says she noticed students at the school with their heads down, looking at their phones. Instead, she wanted them to look at each other, and learn face-to-face communication skills.

Students like junior Page Weick say they're seeing a difference. “Everybody enjoys it,” Weick said.

Students get a colored card when they walk in the cafeteria that tells them which table to take a seat at. The tables also have conversation starters.

“I think it's fun, I like doing it,” said Sahara Kanke, a freshman.
It's also a no phone zone.

“Every little thing helps in this day and age with all of the things that you have going on, all the pressures that they have with social media, it's nice to see them take a break from all that,” Behrens said.

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