Lindley Middle School Community Cuts Ribbon on New School Store Thanks to $10,000 Donation from Word of Faith Church

Student design winners, Word of Faith Executive Pastor Dr. Christopher Boyd, and Lindley Middle School Principal, Dr. Dana Giles, cut the ribbon on the school’s new store September 22.

Last school year, the Lindley Middle School principal walked through the school hallways with swatches of floor patterns and paint colors. Students voted for their favorite. Lindley students also submitted designs for the layout of what would become a student-designed, student-run, and student-centered school store.

After a year of planning, designing, and construction, the Lindley community cut the ribbon for the Falcon’s EpiStore September 22.

Word of Faith, a local church, donated more than $10,000 to help Lindley open the student store, which is intended to provide students hands-on business training and also support Lindley’s positive behavior initiative. The church’s donation helped fund the architect and construction costs and stock the shelves with merchandise.

“This is an epic moment,” Lindley Assistant Principal Glenn Richard said during the ribbon cutting ceremony. “We are forever grateful for what [Word of Faith] has done for the Lindley community. We are humbled by [their] generosity.”

The Lindley store, stocked with water bottles, pencils, t-shirts, notebooks, and more, accepts cash and Falcon Bucks. Students earn Falcon Bucks by exhibiting the “Falcon Five:” be respectful, positive, present, involved, and safe and orderly.

According to Principal Dr. Dana Giles, “Falcon Bucks are a way to celebrate students,” and the school store gives Lindley teachers an opportunity to do just that.

For now, students on the Principal’s Advisory Committee staff the store, but those 15 students will train other Lindley students on how to operate the register, get supplies, and deliver customer service. Word of Faith staff members supplied and trained the current students and teachers who are operating the store on how to use the same, new, point-of-sale equipment that the church uses.

The store, which will be open three days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., will also be available for teachers to use for classroom instruction.

“[The students] realize that when they come in they are really learning skills that are transferrable to the real world,” Word of Faith Executive Pastor Dr. Christopher Boyd told the crowd of community members waiting to see the inside of the new store.

Even when the school store was simply a sketch of dimensions on architecture draft paper, it already served as a backdrop for learning. Lindley students used the skills they learned in class, like geometry, to create their vision for the school store.

The architectural firm, Pieper O’Brien Herr Architects, judged the submissions and selected five student design winners from the 2016-2017 eighth grade class. Four of the students, who are now freshmen, returned to their middle school for the ribbon cutting: Raya Clarke, Monica Gutierrez, Ashley Jimenez, and Alexandra Arredondo. Pieper merged the students’ ideas into what Lindley staff and students debuted to the community at the ribbon cutting.

“I think their minds were blown because putting it all together, seeing the colors and the cabinetry, and all the extra flair, helps students see what can be done and how their dreams can be transformed from paper and pencil to actual tangible evidence,” Dr. Giles said.

Pebblebrook High School student Alexandra enjoyed seeing how her design came to life in the store, and the experience has motivated her to work hard in school. The other design winners agreed with Alexandra, including Campbell High School student Raya.

“It looked really amazing! It is really cool to see how your work can actually do something because when we are sitting in the classroom, we always ask how math applies to the real world,” Raya explained.