North Texas High School Opened On-Campus Grocery Store Where Students Pay in Good Deeds Rather Than Money
Imagine going to the grocery store without your wallet, purse, cards, or cash. But rather than having to turn back home to return with cold hard monies, you can use your reputation and past good deeds to purchase your groceries.
Utopian delusions? Well, think again. A unique enterprise set up in a North Texas High School has done just that.
With the aid of Texas Health, Albertsons, and First Refuge Ministries, the students of Linda Tutt High School were able to provide what is described as a "boon to their community" in Sanger, TX. In lieu of cash or credit card, the currency at this high school grocer is acts of human kindness, paying it forward, and other forms of positive reinforcement.
To purchase groceries, students buy goods using a point system. According to Principal Anthony Love, much of the school's student body comes from "low socioeconomic" families. The school's 'free' grocery store - where students can earn currency by doing chores and helping around the school - allows them to shop for their low-income families.
“We all had our first jobs and it taught us how to work, and what you got for your work,” said Sanger’s mayor, Thomas Muir. “I think this will do that for them too, and [also] meet an immediate need.”
What's more, in addition to being allowed to feed their families, Students who participate in the grocery store's sales faction learn invaluable management educational lessons such as math and supply management and customer service.
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When most of us make a trip to the grocery store, we pay with credit cards, cash, and coupons. But for a unique supermarket that's been set up at a North Texas high school, the cost of staples is good deeds. And the change? Human kindness and valuable life lessons.
“A lot of our students come from low socioeconomic families,” school principal Anthony Love said in an interview with CBS. “It’s a way for students to earn the ability to shop for their families. Through hard work, you can earn points for positive office referrals. You can earn points for doing chores around the building or helping to clean.”