LEAWOOD, Kan. — An air of anticipation, only partly attributable to the fast-approaching end of the school year, was palpable Wednesday in the St. Michael the Archangel School gymnasium.
The second-grade students who filled the gym were celebrating a more than $930 donation for Catholic Charities Food Pantry.
The money was raised through project-based learning.
St. Michael’s three second-grade classes were formed into companies with CEOs, production managers, and advertising executives.
"They really did a great job,” second-grade teacher Liz Miller said. “They came up with their logos, they came up with advertising, and I really think they learned a lot about how to start a business.”
Each class came up with ideas for products and voted on which ones to implement before selling them in a marketplace set up at the school.
The result was an oversized and generous donation to help feed those in need.
“I just think it was all the smart brains we had in this grade that came up with these great ideas and how to sell them and how to make them," second-grader Dominic Corle said.
It is estimated that donation generated will feed a thousand families for a week.