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story.lead_photo.caption Democrat photo/Liz MoralesCasey’s General Store manager Teresa Rich stands by her newly placed thank-you cards from Amy Howard’s CES second-grade class. The cards were in gratitude for Casey’s coupons the students received for achieving academic goals in reading, math and spelling.

Casey's General Store in California recently earned a new decoration to hang on the walls.

Just before the end of the school year, Amy Howard's California Elementary School second-grade class personally wrote thank-you cards to the convenience store, and they adorn the foyer of the business.

Manager Teresa Rich said the show of gratitude was in return for academic achievements.

"At the beginning of the school year, we gave about 500 coupons to the school," Rich said. "Some of them are for math, spelling and other awards the students can earn."

The coupons can be redeemed for pizzas, doughnuts and drinks. All the students have to do is push forward in their academic goals.

"This is really cool," Rich said of the approximately 15 cards on her walls. "This is the first time I've done this as manager."

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