Four third-grade classes at Loveland Elementary School (LES) pulled together for one big lesson on economic content standards; the result was an “Economic Fair” event staged Wednesday, May 8 in the LES Cafeteria. Students were engaged in the entire process of setting up shops for their families and the community to buy from, including product design, production, pricing and product advertising.
“This was primarily a social studies project, but we also incorporated math and language arts activities,” explained Cindy Rack, LES third-grade teacher and one of the event organizers. “The students were truly engaged, learning and having a great time – all while supporting an excellent cause, CancerFree KIDS.”
Teachers selected the nonprofit as the benefactor for all proceeds made, which totaled $1,430.08; the group presented the donation to CancerFreeKIDS via Trisha Kniskern, the LES media specialist, to support her daughter’s team – Becca’s Believers – participating in the CancerFree KIDS Butterfly Walk, a fundraising event for the organization. Trisha’s daughter, Becca, attends kindergarten at J.F. Burns in the Kings Local School District; she was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) in October of 2008, then AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which was a side effect of her ALL treatment) in April of 2012. The 6-year-old returned to school in April.
"I was so impressed by the time and effort that the students put into developing and marketing their products and services, as well as the wide variety of items available - we really have some creative thinkers at LES!” said Kniskern. “It was touching that the classes chose CancerFree KIDS, a Loveland-based organization near and dear to my heart, whose mission is to fund research to eradicate childhood cancer. As these budding entrepreneurs grow up, my hope is that they maintain their sense of charity and giving back."
“It was a moment of real pride for both the school and the district,” said Jennifer Forren, LES principal. “This project was a true team effort – from the third-grade teachers who organized it to the parents and community members who supported it – you could feel the energy everyone had to make it a success for both the students and the cause. The lessons we learned were well beyond economics.”
“We just want to say thank you,” said Rack. “We thank the parents who supported the project through efforts with their children at home, and we thank the many, many Loveland ‘shoppers’ who came out to LES to purchase the items. The money raised for CancerFree KIDS was incredible – especially considering most items at the Economics Fair were priced at $2 or less. It was an outstanding success!”
Photo caption: LES third graders present the Cancer Free Kids donation check to Trisha Kniskern.