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Scholars Spend "Holiday Bucks" at Annual Christmas Store

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It's a labor of love for the Bay Education Foundation staff but a chance for young scholars to shop until they drop.

Studying hard and great attendance in school literally paid off for students enrolled in the Take Stock in Children campaign.

Bay District Schools' Board Room was transformed into a Christmas Store, with everything from small stocking stuffers to larger priced items like a Kindle Fire E-reader.

The Foundation hosts the annual store each year to allow students to spend their "Holiday Bucks." They could earn up to 120 bucks based on achievement, attendance, and attitude.

"I remember when I first came here, like my first Christmas Store. it's just the most exciting thing ever. It just really makes you want to try harder," said Stormy Robbins, a senior at Bay High School.

Robbins and a few of her friends have been shopping every year since seventh grade.

"I got this little ornament for my mentor. Shhh. Don't tell her," said Jessie King, as she lifted a unique ornament out of her shopping bag. "Instead of having to pay for it with real money, you have to earn it with good grades and good attendance."

"I got my little brother a lot of kid stuff, books, that kind of a variety," said Justice Allen. "You wrap it separately so he [brother] takes time to open it, and he enjoys that more than the actual present."

The store is designed to reward students for their hard work in school but also teach them a lesson about giving.

"Most of our kids will buy for their family and friends, you know, occasionally, they'll buy something for themselves, which is totally fine," said Beth Deluzain, the Foundation's Executive Director.

This year's store featured almost 900 items which cost about $7,000 all together.

Students could also purchase items and place them in a charity box for donation.

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