Article: ‘Tis the season to give back

‘Tis the season to give back

Student wearing Xmas mask and blue sweatshirt with shopping items

For many in the High School, the Coffee Cart has become a welcome sight – an opportunity for a hot beverage on a chill morning, delivered with a smile from young entrepreneurs from the Life Skills class. This year, the Cart has been absent from the halls due to COVID-19, but students have still been busy. They chose to use some of the proceeds from last year’s business to fund holiday food donations to the Pearce Food Pantry in North Chili.

“The kids decided to put their earnings to work to help others,” said teacher Margaret Brongo. “They made a budget. They learned about perishable and non-perishable foods. Pearce supplied suggestions, and students made grocery lists, adjusting them to stay within budget.”

Brongo made the actual purchases. Then she and teaching assistant Tracey Allchin set up a simulated store in the classroom complete with taped lines and arrows on the floor to adhere to social distancing rules. Their seven students were able to try out shopping, checking out and paying for items. The project was another chance for students to practice communication and social skills, along with getting practical experience with math and money.

Feature photo: One of the in-person students holds a laptop, allowing a student working from home to take part in the process.
This page: The shopping experience included choosing items, adding up the costs and figuring out the change.

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