Highland Elementary started Hound Town to give students the experience of developing the skills of applying for a job and running a business. In September, 4th graders fill out job applications and are interviewed for the jobs in one of our businesses: The Apple Barrel, Hound Town Bank and HHT-TV station. The interview committee is composed of a teacher and a student representative from each grade 1-4. After the interviews the students with good citizenship records are hired to work in each of the businesses.
The HHT-TV station crew have announcers and camera technicians that present the morning announcements each day. They are responsible for leading the pledges to the American and Texas flags as well as announcing the lunch menu, birthdays, and weather report for the day. They also air ads for the Hound Town businesses and special events.
The Hound Town Bank, in partnership with Hale County State Bank, has accounts for any student enrolled at Highland . Students may make deposits from pennies to dollars to begin their first savings account. When their account reaches $20 it is converted to a full savings account with Hale County State Bank. This business experience also helps students practice their math and people skills while building a nest egg of savings for their future.