It's a win-win situation when middle schoolers and elementary students can team up to benefit their larger community. And that's exactly what happened during this holiday season between Mary Jane Fonte's family and consumer science students at Veronica E. Connor Middle School and Diana Lipp, Mary Kopf and Penny Schmitt's third-graders at Huth Road Elementary School.
While the students baked, the halls of the middle school were filled with the aroma of 1,000 sugar cookies. Lipp's students at Huth Road Elementary school added the frosting, sprinkles and a little bit of love before selling them the week of Dec. 13 to 17 to students, teachers and faculty at the school. The participants thank those who donated ingredients, baked sugar cookies, frosting, bags, and sprinkles for the fundraiser.
What was learned by this exchange between schools? The eighth-graders realized that, although they have graduated from elementary school, they could give back to others by using some of their culinary skill as well as profit from their entrepreneurship projects to provide 90 dozen cookies. Consequently, the third-graders learned to interact with their customers and put their math skills into action making change as they raised money for the Huth Road playground and the American Cancer Society/Mary's Room.