North Side High School’s Gently Used Store has been so popular with students, its coordinator Mike Morris recently decided to open the store during lunch in addition to its regular times before and after school.
The store was created as part of an incentive program to reward students for good behavior. Morris designed the North Side program and said the school has already seen a decrease in the number of students arriving late to class and disobeying teacher instructions.
At the start of the school year, students were given free admittance to school arts and sporting events for earning Redskin rewards, or certificates given to students by teachers for getting to class on time, bringing needed materials to class, following instructions and completing other good behaviors.
But Morris found students wanted more. So the school conducted a survey to find out what they might be more interested in. The survey revealed that Goodwill was among the top three stores students liked to shop.
Morris said no money supports the program, so teachers agreed to donate items to get the store going.
Just before winter break, students could be found shopping in the store for gifts for their families for Christmas. The store has shelves and racks filled with clothes, shoes, toiletries, school supplies. Morris was also auctioning off a digital picture frame and donated TV.
“We did have a lot of toys, but students bought them for their brothers and sisters,” Morris said, as he looked around at the store’s nearly empty tables with remaining trinkets.
Junior Donetta Thomas recently found a birdfeeder and vase for her mom for Christmas, a purchase she could afford for five certificates.
“It’s a good idea,” Thomas said of the store. “It’s definitely motivating.”
•Trine students, faculty and staff are looking for service projects that can be performed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 21, or any time during that week. Nonprofit groups or organizations in need of help should contact Karissa Schmoe, director of student leadership and service, at 665-4147 or email@example.com. Organizations should designate a contact person and be specific in the request and the number of volunteers needed. To suggest a project, contact Schmoe by Friday.
•On Sept. 12 Martin Luther King Montessori School will celebrate its 45th anniversary. The school is looking for former students and alumni to share life stories. Contact the school at www.mlkdreamschool.org or call 423-4333
•Grace College Fort Wayne, 1027 W. Rudisill Blvd., invites families of high school juniors and seniors to a financial aid seminar from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. The event will inform for students and parents about the college application process and how to make use of available financial aid, regardless of what colleges they may be considering. Refreshments will also be available for all who attend. For more details about the event and to RSVP call Susan Fenker at 469-4070 or 855-932-3739.
•Registration deadline for session 5 of the graduate program in the college of professional studies is Jan. 18. Session 5 runs from Feb. 3 through March 16 and is the first session of the spring semester. Contact an admissions representative at 800-288-1766 for information or visit www.IndianaTech.edu/CPS.
•Ceramicist Diana Farfan will present a lecture on her work as part of the Closer Look lecture series at the University of Saint Francis at 6 p.m. Jan. 19 in the North Campus Auditorium. The lecture occurs in tandem with the exhibition “Figurative Ceramics: Lisa Clague, Nancy Kubale and Diana Farfan” in Weatherhead Gallery in the Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication. The event is free and open to the public through Feb. 17.