By Jennifer Salinas ’18
What are merit dollars, you might ask. For every merit you receive you get a merit dollar. With the merit dollars you are able to buy things from the merit store, Pam Johnson, dean of culture, mentioned “There are many different prizes. Prizes include pens, pencils, lanyards, t-shirts, joggers, pins, etc.”
Merit dollars were introduced to Pritzker students Feb. 19.
This is the first time the school is using merit dollars. Johnson stated, “They only started in February, but we are going to have the merit store open often throughout the year so students can trade their merits for prizes.”
Anyone can receive a merit for making kind and intelligent choices like helping someone pick up their things they dropped, or doing a fantastic job during class.
Merit dollars has been something that they have been talking about for a while. Johnson mentioned, “It’s something we’ve been talking about for a while and one day I finally decided to stop talking about it and actually do it!”
Monica Delgado, sophomore, gave her opinion on merit dollars: “The merit dollar system is a great idea for the students and teachers. I think it’s a great idea. It motivates students to step up more in class. It also might make students feel noticed for their good actions. I plan on using my merit dollars once I save a good amount of them.” Delgado seems to think merit dollars is a good way to get students to do great things.
Merit dollars will be available for students throughout the year. Students have time to save up their merit dollars and buy something from the merit store.