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Sunday, February 14, 2016

High Schoolers Get Discounts

Westport and Weston high school students can now just flash their student IDs to get 10 percent discounts at 40 Westport businesses as the result of a student discount partnership. Image
Joining in announcing the student discount program were (l-r) First Selectman Jim Marpe, Renee Weisz, Christina Dear, Lilly Howes, Kyle Ratner, and Westport Weston Chamber Executive Director Matthew Mandell. CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

The program is the brainchild of Staples High School students who are members of the Westport Youth Commission (WYC) and who teamed up with the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce (WWCC) and the Westport Downtown Merchants Association, according to Matthew Mandell, WWCC executive director.

The discounts are available to high school students at Staples, Weston High School and Greens Farms Academy.

Vendors will have the partnership logo sticker in their window to signify participation, and the list of participants can be found on the WWCC and WYC websites.

“It has been a pleasure working with the students to get their idea up and running,” said Mandell.

“They are a dedicated bunch and worked from the start to make this a win-win for both students and the local businesses. It is hoped for and anticipated that once the program goes live even more merchants will sign on.”

He said the program’s goal was to find “new safe havens for kids to spend time socially and productively in town” by having an incentive to go to one of the participating restaurants or other venues.

“The Westport Youth Commission was formed to give a voice to the young people in our town,” said said Kyle Ratner,student co-chair the WYC.

“We are proud to lead this initiative, supporting high school students and our local businesses. This truly demonstrates when kids set their minds to something, we can get things done.”

First Selectman Jim Marpe said that he was “very impressed with the initiative of the Westport Youth Commission in arranging for this student discount partnership.”

“This program will benefit students, their families and the participating restaurants and merchants,” Marpe said.

“I am also grateful for the Youth Commission’s enthusiasm and presence in Westport; the members are wonderful examples of the long legacy of young adults fully participating in, and contributing to, the Westport community.”

Mandell said there are plans to expand the program with more merchants signing on, plus getting more schools involved, from middle schools to possibly local colleges and universities.

He added that any merchants interested in joining the program can the Chamber of Commerce.

A list of participating merchants can be found at: or


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