Journal of the Effective Schools Project, Volume 18, 2011 Page: 29
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3.List all volunteer activities
and employment experiences
4.Participate in a face-to-face
interview with President
Hufstedler, McKinnon and
GRIS 5th graders who wanted to
be tellers completed applications
in a professional manner using
word processors. Reference letters
were submitted from parents,
neighbors, pediatricians, school
board members, and local business
people. Students listed volunteer
activities, such as church-related
events, Habitat for Humanity, and
community cleanup projects. Em-
ployment experiences included,
but were not limited to, feeding
neighbors' dogs, folding laundry,
and various household chores.
During the interview process, stu-
dents were asked, "Why do you
want to work at the bank?" Each
interviewee had a unique answer:
Evelyn Acevedo: "It will help me
learn, and I might grow up to
work at a bank."
Savannah Culpepper: "I would
like this job to learn something
new. To get more job experi-
ence with people I would also
like this job for future references
and to support Glen Rose Inde-
pendent School District."
Hensley Mulina: "I think this
job would be fun and could pre-
pare me for my future and help
me build my confidence."
Tyler Gardner: "I love counting
money and to get experience for
the future. "
A total of 20 5th grade students
applied for teller positions. All
applicants were viable and the se-
lection process was more challeng-
ing for the team than expected.
The small team of President
Hufstedler, McKinnon, and Tread-
away spent hours reviewing the
applicants and considering the im-
portant role the initial tellers would
play in this venture. Finally, four
students were selected to work the
first six weeks of the school year
and another four students were
invited to work the second six
weeks. The tellers participated in
three training sessions held after
school and that was directed by
McKinnon and Treadaway. A
bank front was supplied by Ameri-
can State Bank and a banking
schedule established. With the
initial details resolved, the Glen
Rose Intermediate School Branch
of American State Bank opened
Project results: Watch the pen-
nies and the dollars will take
care of themselves
On September 10, 2010, the Glen
Rose Intermediate School Branch
of American State Bank launched
a grand opening in the school's
front lobby. As students entered
the building, they were encouraged
to complete an application form
and begin a savings account.
American State Bank provided
each of the 360 GRIS students two
dollars as seed money to begin
their account. Students with ac-
counts were encouraged to make a
deposit every week, regardless of
the amount. Instilling the routine
of saving money each week is one
way the students practice the es-
sential 21st century skill of self-
direction and responsibility.
Each week, the deposit results
were announced to the student
body ($150.00-$250.00). As stu-
dents review results of the GRIS
On September 10, 2010,
the Glen Rose
Branch of American State
Bank launched a grand
opening in the school's
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Tarleton State University. Effective Schools Project. Journal of the Effective Schools Project, Volume 18, 2011, periodical, 2011; Stephenville, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth201694/m1/33/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Tarleton State University.