SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- It looked like Christmas Friday at Weller Elementary in northeast Springfield. More than 300 kids receiving a brand new pair of shoes, thanks to their good behavior and the group One Sole Purpose.
The kids at Weller were fitted for their shoes at the end of August. They had to have 5 Pride bucks saved up to get their new sneakers, and the pay-off is priceless for those who made it all possible.
The Panther store at Weller Elementary accepts only Pride Bucks, earned by students who are Polite, and show Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Effort. "If we don't get a think sheet, then we get the money, and we get to go to the store," says 3rd grader Amia Mosley.
Well behaved students earn 5 pride bucks a week to spend at the community stocked store.
"They're not only learning math skills, they're learning how to make decisions. They're learning that they need to earn," says Weller Elementary School Principal Marilyn Monroe.