Kids can get help after school and earn 'dough' in a new Homework Club at one central New York pizzeria.

Danny Mendez, who owns Franco's Pizza in Ilion, created the out of the box idea to give kids "a safe and quiet place to hang out and do their homework with friends." The Homework Club will be every school day from 3pm-4pm. "Kids have the chance to earn Franco's bucks for completing and passing their homework and helping friends," Mendez shared on Facebook.

The Franco Bucks can be used to get new school supplies or other goodies.

Complete an assignment - earn one Franco buck
Bring in proof of passing - earn two Franco bucks
Help a new friend in need - earn three Franco bucks

"Bring in that passing grade at the end of each quarter and we'll put you in the drawing for your very own large pizza," said Mendez.

The community loves the idea and one teacher has even offered to help. "I'd be glad to come and tutor for math," said SaraRose Brandow.

Alison Potter, who works for Americorps in Utica, says she sees children on a daily basis. "I am floored. This awesome environment you are providing, along with reward system and encouragement to succeed, this amazing idea is needed much more than you can imagine."

Drinks and snacks will be provided for the kids in the Homework Club at Franco's Pizza, located at 6 Central Plaza in Ilion.

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