Students at North Heights Alternative High School are taking a proactive approach to getting scholarship money for themselves. They have started an Amazon bookstore.
Students say when the school year started they noticed a need to create an ongoing business that would raise funds for scholarships and integrate the business with multiple classes in PASS. So the students with help from their English teacher, Mark Williams, put together a business proposal to present their idea to officials at Amarillo Independent School District.
"We provide them with opportunities because we have smaller class sizes where they can do projects that are out of the box. One thing we always emphasis is authentic projects," said Williams.
Those AISD officials gave a thumbs up and just about a month ago students started that bookstore. While they had kinks to workout, it's up and running thanks to a hefty donation of 4,000 books from the Lake Tanglewood Community Library. But the students say they're excited to be part of something bigger.
"Kids at North Heights don't get scholarships just because it's an alternative school. So to be able to make a difference and get something like this is pretty awesome," said director of the bookstore and student Trystan Jordan.
"I don't want to go to college and with this its really helping us out. My mom and dad are super excited that they don't have to worry about it no more so it is a pretty exciting feeling," said senior student Angel Vallez.
If you're interested in checking out their bookstore, click here.