Be There: Best Buy "Invests in Education"

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  The saying goes "time is money", but a new program at a Columbus store is turning good grades into money.

Leroy Tunley is the manager at the Columbus Best Buy. He said, "We came up with a program called "Invest in Education" where we give students buying power to come shop at Best Buy to get the things they are getting anyway. It gives them more incentive to make the grade to get that buying power."

Employees at the Columbus Best Buy know how important education is to this community, so they have come up with a three tier program to literally "Invest in Education".

Tunley explained, "Number one, we all want our kids to be educated the best way they can. Two, the reality is, these students are going to get these gadgets and gizmos any way so how do we offer better incentives for them to get that and three, for teachers, we want to make sure being an educator isn't made more difficult by budget cuts and things like that. We have the resources to off-set that so that's how we're bringing "Invest in Education" with those three entities."

If a student in Muscogee County is making good grades, Best Buy wants to reward them for that.

"All the student has to do is come into our Best Buy, show us the honor roll and we give them $5, $10, up to $50 in Best Buy gift cards they can spend any way they want," Leroy Tunley told News Leader Nine.

He added, some of the bargains they are offering are on products students and teachers use every day, "Laptops, apple computers, mp3 players, iPods, iPads, digital music, TV's, games, gaming systems. They're getting a little bit of everything we sell."

And Tunley says even teachers get to take advantage of the savings, "We want to have teachers nights two, three or four times this next year where we offer those products at a deeply reduced price."

Before you grab that report card, run to Best Buy, and demand your gift card, you first have to talk to your school's principal about the "Invest in Education" program and see if your school has signed up. Then you can start taking advantage of the great deals.

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