Inspired by a book read in class, Sayre Third Graders initiated business building opportunities with proceeds to be donated to local organizations.
In the true spirit of project-based learning, this project was completely student-driven and student-centered. After reading the book I Can Start a Business! (Kids Can Do It!) by Ruth Owen, students asked if they, too, could own a business.
Students developed a business concept from start to finish, conducted research, and wrote a business plan to advertise products sold to lower school students. This project-based learning unit involved math, economics, marketing, persuasive writing, technology, communication, and collaboration.
The students also selected the local charities to benefit which included the following: God’s Pantry Food Bank, Hal’s Haven Cat Rescue, The Nest – Center for Women, Children and Families, Lexington Humane Society, New Life Day Care Center of Lexington, KY, Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass, and Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, etc.
Here are some of the reasons why the students chose to support specific charities:
“We want to donate our profit to a charity that helps animals. We chose Hal’s Haven, a cat rescue, after doing some research. Lots of groups support the local humane societies. We wanted to support a smaller charity that not as many people know about.”
“Our business is supporting The Nest. We chose The Nest after reading the book, Wonder. We empathize with the story’s main character, Auggie. We believe The Nest supports people with similar needs.”
“We chose to help the homeless through the New Life Day Center. There are many homeless individuals in Lexington.”