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Lakeridge students became 'Merchants With A Cause' and raised Over $1,700 for charities

Lakeridge Elementary's third, fourth and fifth grade highly capable learners recently concluded a "Merchants with a Cause" unit, which focuses on entrepreneurship and charitable giving. Each student was asked to research a cause that was important to them and create a product to sell at their fair.  

The unit culminated with the Merchants With A Cause Fair last week, in which students displayed their products for sale along with informative boards and persuasive videos made on iMovie about the charities they want to raise awareness for. The fair raised over $1,700, which will go to benefit non-profit organizations.  

Each student was asked to select a local, regional, or global cause they care deeply about and to research and identify a charitable organization that addresses their cause. The students each wrote a persuasive essay about the charitable organization they chose that explained why it was effective, innovative, inspiring, and reputable. Before the fair, students presented their selected causes and charities to their classes and each 

class voted to select one non-profit organization to be supported by the fair proceeds. The three charities selected to receive a portion of the fair proceeds were World Wildlife Fund, Rainforest Action Network, and Black Lives Matter.

Each student designed a product that was tied to their cause, refined their prototype after receiving peer reviews, and worked independently to make around 15 of them to sell at the fair.  Though the students were asked to keep their total product costs below $30, they were innovative and were able to create impressive and valuable products on that budget.

For example, fifth grader Emily Dunn, crafted hand-made erasers and fabric covered notebooks to raise awareness for the Kiran Anjali Project, which provides education and job training to children in India. Isaiah McBride, who's cause related to providing clean drinking water in underprivileged countries, used empty Pringles containers, plastic jars, and straws to create miniature water dispensers. Third grader Lauren Balousek, who wanted to raise awareness for St Jude's Childrens’ Research Hospital, created snow globes that revealed the quote, "We are stronger than cancer" when shaken.

Merchants at Lakeridge

Merchants at Lakeridge

Merchants at Lakeridge

Merchants at Lakeridge