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“Using their paychecks to purchase for others” By Allison Sliva BCISD Communications

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   As we all know, ‘tis the season for giving. 
   Learning Lab Supervisor Megan Clegg, with Matagorda County Educational Services of Bay City ISD, has been rewarding Learning Lab students with a $500 “Christmas Bonus” in “money” that can be spent in the Learning Lab store. 
   The store, completely stocked by donations from the MCES Bridges’ program, contains items for purchase such as puzzles, stuffed animals, books, games, jewelry, purses/wallets, lunch kits and craft supplies. 
During the course of the regular year, students earn “paychecks” that they can spend on purchases from the Learning Lab store.
   But during the holidays, there’s one special rule for purchases:  the students may only use their “bonus” to purchase items for others. 
   The store facilitates the students learning basics in banking, and during the holidays, the importance of giving to others. 
   They also further their fine motor skills by practicing how to wrap gifts (with a little help from the teacher elves).
   Their “elves” were BCHS teacher Alan Bird, and BCHS aides Leticia Southall, Beverly Peters and Janie Galvan.
   If you would like to learn more about the Learning Lab and/or donate new or gently used items to the Learning Lab store, contact Megan Clegg at mclegg@bcblackcats.net 979-401-1080.    

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