In the spring of 2009, Cents of Pride began as a partnership between two Springfield,
Missouri elementary schools – Walt Disney Elementary, the sponsor school, and Weller
Elementary, the host school. Students from the sponsor school collect items and donate
them to a “store” at the host schools – a Title I school – to purchase with “currency”
earned for positive behavior. This Pride Store had such a great response and positive
outcome that Cents of Pride developed into a program and continues to be implemented
into more schools.