Wendy Schleisman, area supervisor for Casey’s General Store, visited the 7th grade composition class taught by Shea Hill at Miller Middle School on January 25 to talk about the gas and convenient store business.
Schleisman started as an hourly worker at the Casey’s in Conrad more than 12 years ago, then worked her way up to a store manager and now area supervisor overseeing eight stores north of Marshalltown.
Schleisman answered several questions from the students, with a heavy focus on gas prices and how they get their supply.
“Gas prices affect the economy big time,” Schleisman said.
She also answered the often-asked question of why gas costs more per gallon at gas stations in the Marshalltown area than it does in the Des Moines area. She said since Casey’s gets its gas from a gas terminal in Des Moines, the cost to haul the gas to Marshalltown is factored into the price per gallon for the consumer.
Schleisman’s visit is part of project based learning going on in the class as the students will eventually make presentations on how gas prices vary across different regions. The group will present their findings in a news-type format. As part of their news research, the class plans to hold a Skype session with Nikki Newbrough of KWWL-TV news.