Uphill Both Ways: Making change
In this photo from Monday, April 24, 1972, Parker students David Monk and Peggy Moench make a final check of their inventory at “The Store,” a newly opened business.
Parker teachers Dale Barry, Paul Will and George Farrell oversaw the venture.
Barry explained the store was opened to “give students experience in the many phases of the opening and operation of a place of business.”
“Students will watch its progress with interest, mentally and financially, for they have purchased stock at $1 a share to get the business place going, and they hope to gain some returns on their investments,” the caption below the photo said.
According to Dollartimes.com, $1 in 1972 has the same buying power as $5.87 today.
Do any of The Store's early investors remember if they got their money back?
The store sold some school supplies and “novelty items,” according to the caption. Parker art students sold their work on commission at The Store.
If you look carefully on the shelves, you can see that the store also sold nail trimmers, playing cards, Chapstick and handkerchiefs.
Now take a look at that cash register. Not only did these kids walk uphill both ways to school, they also had to make change.
For you young people, “making change” requires you to count backward to the amount the customer originally gave you.
It also gives old people something to complain about on the way home from the grocery store.
“Did you see that? That girl didn't know how to make change,” one old person says to another. “What are things coming to?”
When we old people we get started, it's best to just smile and nod, and be thankful you have a debit card.
Catherine Idzerda is the education reporter for The Gazette. She can be reached at (608) 755-8259 or email@example.com.