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April 1, 2020
A public primary school in Hamilton, New Zealand has set up a new system for its students. The system is called School Bucks and helps children learn from a young age the importance of currency.
The Principal Martin Heathrow shared with us his ideal outcome from this new idea. "My hope is that the children who attend my school will break the mould of social stereotypes when they embark on their lives in the future. With School Bucks they have the oportunity to volunteer to help around the school with tasks like gardening, litter monitoring and more. They will be 'paid' for their work and be able to spend their School Bucks on things they may not otherwise be able to afford like small chocolates or out-of-season fruit. Most families who send their children here do not have much money and I want to help these kids get what they want and teach them that a little hard work can help you get what you want. This not only helps the children but takes the pressure off the parents who feel they cannot provide their children with the things they want rather than just the things they need."