A school in a small town in Texas became a ray of hope for locals by opening a student-run grocery shop to support families in need
In November, Linda Tutt High School in Sanger opened a grocery shop so students can buy basic necessities, including toilet paper, meat and food. They pay for their purchases with special points that they earn through good deeds.
“Our school district has about 2,750 students and 43% of them are from economically disadvantaged families. – Principal Anthony Love told CNN – About 3.6% of our students are homeless. We thought it was important to support them and their families by making sure they had food on the table.” The high school partnered with First Refuge Ministries, Texas Health Resources and the Albertsons grocery shop to set up the shop, which is run entirely by students: they do inventory, load the shelves and help other students find the right food. The initial number of points given to each student is initially set according to family size.
Students can then earn more points for outstanding performance in school, good deeds or extra-curricular activities such as helping out at the library or tutoring younger students. “We aim for students to earn points by doing something useful or good,” emphasises Love. “We are a small school district, but we always try to teach our kids the importance of helping their community. Now school districts all over Texas and the country are asking how to create a program like ours.”
The shop is open Monday through Wednesday for students or school district staff – and for one hour on Tuesday for the public. On Dec. 15, the shop will be open to all Sanger residents.