PfISD Third-Graders Raise Money for Local Charities
Feb. 14, 2019
Third-graders at every Pflugerville ISD elementary school had the opportunity to learn about business while also contributing to charities and nonprofit organizations through the district’s Market Days initiative. Through their efforts, the third-graders raised a total of $13,777.37 that went to more than 10 charities chosen by students.
Students learned about entrepreneurship and running a business through the activity – from designing and creating products to sell, advertising their products and finally selling them.
Products sold varied at each campus, ranging from “Book Buddies” and “Cup Monsters” to “Pencil Toppers” and more.
“The entrepreneur project is an engaging, real-world opportunity for our third-graders to apply key social studies concepts,” said Kimberly Roark PfISD Coordinator of Elementary Social Studies. “Not only do they learn the basic principles of financial literacy and operating a business, they also learn about making a difference in the lives of others. Actually seeing their hard work result in positive outcomes will hopefully inspire and empower our students to be caring, active citizens.”
Animals were on the minds of many of the third-graders. The Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter received donations from multiple schools. Four other animal related charities were chosen to receive donations in Pflugerville Animal Shelter, Emancipet, World Wildlife Fund and Luv Us Mutts Rescue. Other charities included: The Storehouse Food Pantry, Make-A-Wish, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
This year marks the fifth year PfISD has included the Third-Grade Market Days as a part of its curriculum. In the beginning, fewer campuses participated but the program has gained momentum, each year increasing its impact on the community.