By Clay Schuldt
Special for the Argus
Monday through Thursday students of Caledonia Elementary wait by the school doors for the first morning bell to ring. But on Fridays, many of them choose to shop at the school store.
The school store is open every Friday 20 minutes before the first school bell rings. The store is set up just outside the school library on a few folding tables. Students are able to purchase various school supplies from pens, folders, erasers and notebooks.
Within the last month, however, the school store began receiving revenue from a new source of sales. During the past month, the “I Love to Read Month” program was observed at Caledonia Elementary.
As part of this theme, students were challenged to collectively read a total of 150,000 minutes. In addition each class competed in reading the most minutes.
In order to further promote reading, the school store has expanded its inventory. The store is now offering gently-used books.
The store is managed by Media Center Specialist and Enrichment Director Sherri White. The school store has been a staple of Caledonia Elementary for over 10 years, having been started by White back in the old elementary building. All proceeds from the store go to purchasing items for the school’s library.
The book swap was intended to be a temporary addition to the school store, with March 30 being the last day. However, White explained that the book swap will be extended indefinitely as it has proved popular among the elementary students. The used books cost just 10 cents each, or students can simply trade in a used book for a different book.
The actual running of the store is handled by several elementary students. This year’s store staff includes Becky Meyer, Emily DeMorett, Maria Miller, Katie Bechtel, Tyler Wiebke, Riley Gavin, Kourtney Olson, Alex Studenski, Jack Roesler, and Abbie Tate.
While these students only work in the store for a half hour every week, it is a hectic 30 minutes. During a 20-minute time frame the few students working in the store make dozens of transactions from their peers. Once the bell rings, the same student workers have 10 minutes to close down the store and make it to class on time.
“The kids who work in the store were chosen through the enrichment program,” White explained. All the student workers were chosen for their exceptional math skills.
“They’re good students,” White commented. The students receive an incentive at the end of the year, but that’s not why the students volunteer. “They do it for the honor.”