The project is a store where student-made Christmas decorations are sold to raise money to donate to a charity chosen by the class.
Jeriel Turner and her class begin preparing for the project by brainstorming ideas for crafts that the students can make. Then students study business practices and vocabulary that are applied as they plan how they will conduct the sale. After plans are in place, the class practices writing formal letters. Each student writes a letter to the principal, Jo Ann Emery detailing the plans.
Many unique crafts are made: ornaments, key chains, picture frames, centerpieces, pine cone Christmas trees, rosaries, pet rocks and tissue paper flowers.
They are available for sale to the community after school during the week before Christmas vacation.
The goal for this year’s project is $500 which the class has decided will go to support homeless pets. Last year the store sold out in three days and netted $400 which was donated to Primary Children’s Hospital. In previous years, money was given to Make-a-Wish Foundation.
When asked what this project means to them, Lauren Koob said, “The Christmas Store is very important. We love the experience and get to have a lot of fun, and plus, it’s all for a good cause.”
Carly Anderson responded, “Christmas is about giving. And that's what we are doing. Helping people in need is what Christmas is all about.”
“The Christmas Store is for giving, and we are giving the money we make to an animal shelter,” said Max Booth. “It makes me feel happy and full of joy because it feels good making something and having someone else enjoy it. And it makes me excited because the things we make are made from the heart.”
This project was initiated eight years ago by JaNeal Rodriguez. Throughout these years, students have learned the values of service and sharing while they implement business and writing skills.