Renaissance program builds relationship between students, businesses

Hettinger junior and senior high school students have the opportunity to gain many benefits – both personally and as they apply for scholarships and jobs further down the road of life, simply by recording what they already do.

Posted March 14, 2014

By JAMIE SPAINHOWER

Record Editor

 

Hettinger junior and senior high school students have the opportunity to gain many benefits – both personally and as they apply for scholarships and jobs further down the road of life, simply by recording what they already do.

“The Renaissance Program was begun in 1990 by Mr. Bjerklie,” said Carla Resner, the program’s coordinator and administrative assistant at the high school. “I have been with the program since 2001.”

Resner sends out a letter to local businesses every other year explaining how the program is structured and said many businesses have been contributing in one way or another since day one.

“It is open to both junior and high school students, and encourages them to be productive and good citizens,” she said. “We would really like to see more students get involved.”

A Gold Card is the top of the pyramid. It is available exclusively to students carrying a GPA of 3.67 or higher and they may not have any unexcused absences or more than three tardies in a specific class. They must also provide five hours of community service for junior high students and seven hours for high school students in a nine-week period.

 

A Black and White Card is for students with a 3.00 GPA or higher , who have no more than one unexcused absence or three tardies and provide four hours community service for junior high and five hours for high school students.

 

To qualify for a Renaissance Card, the student needs a GPA of 2.5 or greater, no more than one unexcused absence or five tardies and provide three hours of community service for both junior and senior high students.

 

All cards are good for the following nine-week period and include incentives provided by the school in addition to the business community.

“If businesses donate money, these are donations are used to purchase incentive items such as sports bags, towels, pens, movie tickets and t-shirts,” said Resner.

Qualifying for community service is not hard – though trying to fit it in around things such as regular school activities and sports it can seem like just one more thing to add to already busy schedules.

“Some students babysit, and get paid with Renaissance hours instead of money,” said Resner. “A lot of students turn in hours for church related events, such as serving at special dinners, helping in Sunday school, or providing special music, for example.”

From working concessions, being ateacher’s aide to participating in the drug and alcohol coalition, there are many things students do on a regular basis that add up quickly to the hours they need to qualify.

And while benefiting others by volunteering, they also benefit themselves.

Service to one’s community is a good way to become involved in events one doesn’t even know about and find interests in different activities that never would have occurred to students before. In addition to immediate rewards, being in the Renaissance program also shows student’s civic involvement, which is helpful when applying for scholarships or jobs.

 

Renaissance cardholder benefits

Dakota Plains Federal Credit Union:

• Gold: 1 percent off current loan rate (must have an acceptable co-signer.)

• One free box of checks

• One movie concession certificate for $5

Black and White:

• One free box of checks per year

• One movie concession certificate for $5

Renaissance:

• One movie Concessions certificate for $45

Alliance Ag Coop: All Cardholders – Free fountain pop and .09 cents discount on gas.

HHS Gold: Free admission to all athletic evens and dismiss for lunch at 11:51 instead of 12:06 p.m. (a definite favorite)

Black and White – half price admission to athletic events and dismissed for lunch at 11:51 a.m.

Renaissance – Half price admission to all athletic events

HHS Library – Mrs. Kristy gives out six $10 certificates to be used at the book fairs each quarter.

Runnings Farm & Fleet: 25 Percent discount on all purchases of $25 or less.

NAPA: 15 percent discount on any non-sale item.

Dakota Western Bank: All card holders – One free box of checks and five free movie passes per school year with DWB account.

ALCO: 15 percent on all purchases.