Seasonal Store to Open at James W. Parker Middle School

Posted on July 24, 2015, in Organizations

A season school store will open at James W. Parker Middle School, thanks in part to the GM Foundation.

James W. Parker Middle School life skills teacher Tanis Plouse received one of the four $500 grants offered by the William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program. This grant will fund the creation of a student store, giving students with special needs the opportunity to run the story.

“These grants are important because they allow teachers the ability to expand their teaching outside the classroom,” Plouse said. “This project will benefit my students with real life scenarios(e.g. selling carnations and working a cash register).”

According to Plouse, the plan is to have a seasonal store (e.g., carnations for Valentine’s Day), where students will take orders, sell and deliver items.

The money will fund a cash register, cash register tape, string, poster board, card stock, and seasonal items.

The grant stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit