$20 Equals $21 With Tenino’s Wooden Scrips

Donna Taylor Mayo, Graphic Designer, and Loren Ackerman, Printer, holding their Scrip pieces

When it comes to finding creative ways to foster community and support among local businesses, the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce has stepped up to the challenge and has delivered in big ways. The Tenino Chamber is proud to announce the $20=$21 Tenino COVID-19 2021 Small Business Recovery Program, which benefits everyone from area businesses to residents and visitors. Residents and visitors alike can present $20 in cash to Tenino Chamber representatives and receive a $21 Wooden Scrip. The Scrip can be redeemed at Tenino Area Businesses for goods and services.

“During the Great Depression, the Tenino Chamber issued a similar wooden scrip to help support businesses,” Cheryl Pearce, Tenino Area Chamber President, explains. “We’re taking a page from the history playbook to support our small businesses and give a benefit to our residents and visitors for their support of our community.” Appropriately, the Chamber will issue a total of 2,021 $21 Wooden Scrip pieces, so be sure to support the community and grab yours before they run out! The monetary value of the Scrip pieces will expire on December 31, 2021.

The Chamber has partnered with the South Thurston County Historical Society (STCHS) and the Tenino Depot Museum on the program. “We are happy to work with the Chamber and print the Wooden Scrip on the same 1890’s press that was used to print the 1932 Wooden Scrip and help keep Tenino’s Wooden Money history alive,” said Loren Ackerman, STCHS President and the official printer of the Scrip.

In 2020, the City of Tenino issued its own COVID-19 recovery grant program using Wooden Scrip. The program was a success, and it was recently concluded by sending the last two remaining scrip pieces, on request, to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.  “The story of the City of Tenino issuing Wooden Scrip in 2020 was covered by many media outlets across the nation and world,” said the Mayor of Tenino, Wayne Fournier  “I think it is terrific that the Chamber is now taking the next step in our story in making Tenino famous once again by issuing the $21 Wooden Scrip program.”

The Wooden Scrip will first officially be available for purchase at the Tenino Arts Spring Market March 19-21 in downtown Tenino. Starting March 19th, Scrips will also be available for purchase at the Sandstone Café, O Bee Credit Union, the Tenino Depot Museum, and on the Tenino Area Chamber of Commerce website https://www.teninoacc.org starting in April 2021. Be sure to purchase a Scrip while they last to become a part of this historical way of supporting our community!