Linda Tutt High School and First Refuge Ministry, Texas, USA, has launched a grocery store for students. How is this grocery store different than any other? The store does not accept cash. The students pay for their purchases by earning points from good deeds. The points can be earned via positive office referrals by either completing jobs around the school, such as cleaning, helping in the library, or mentoring elementary school students, or performing outstandingly in school. This store is completely run by students who manage the inventory, stock the shelves, and help customers.
Anthony Love, the principal at Linda Tutt, told CNN. "In our school district, there are roughly 2,750 students enrolled and throughout the district, 43% of these students are considered economically disadvantaged. About 3.6% of our students are considered homeless. We thought it was important to support them and their families, and we wanted to make sure that they have food on the table. One thing we really push for is students must earning points by going above and beyond in the classroom or doing something kind. These are the things we celebrate, and we call home to notify parents that their student got a positive office referral and a reward for that. We are a small school district but we always try to teach our kids the importance of giving back to the community. Now school districts all around Texas and the rest of the country are asking how they can start a program like ours, and it's really exciting for us to know our little town is spreading good."
Preston Westbrook, a junior at the high school, serves as one of the store managers.
"I love this school, I help out in everything we do. And I'm a helper, it's just what I do. I'm here to make sure students get what they need. The store helped bring families' spirits up during the pandemic, especially for people who lost family members. The students who come in are just so happy, they always have a smile on their faces."
The store is open Mondays through Wednesdays for students and employees in the school district, and for one hour on Tuesday for the public.
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