Monday, December 19, 2011

Make a Wish

It's a tradition at my school that the first graders have a "learning shop" close to the holidays. The kids "sell" several things they have made since the start of the school year and then donate the money to charity. 
 We sold our maps of the world.
 Our ten dots books.
 Our bookmarks.
 Our ancestors' countries flags.
And our hybrid animals.

The kids have been learning about money and got to be the shop owners and sell their work to the parents at rock bottom prices! We also gave them options about where they could donate the money to. Our choices were, the local Ronald McDonald house, the food bank, and the Make a Wish Foundation.

They voted for Make a Wish foundation. They really liked the idea of helping kids who have been sick or been in the hospital a long time have a fun vacation or a wish come true. For kids from very privileged homes it was really great to see them want to help other kids!

And since, we were really selling these things at rock bottom prices (the grand total would be 11.97), Jane, myself, and Stephanie (another intern in the class sometimes) told the kiddos we'd each triple what we made.

So 1L is proud to donate 108 dollars to the Make a Wish foundation! The kids were so proud of themselves and we are so proud of them!

6 thoughts on the matter:

tinajo said... {Reply}

This is such a great idea - and I see a swedish flag, wohoo! :-)

Secret Mom Thoughts said... {Reply}

What a great idea!

Kathy said... {Reply}

What a great lesson and activity for this time of the year...it's all about giving. Bravo.

Kathy

Courtney B said... {Reply}

Such a great idea! And how sweet of the kids to work so hard on these :) I bet you're the best teacher EVER!

Gina Kleinworth said... {Reply}

What a great experience all around- love those flags!

Sian said... {Reply}

wow great idea!