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Fifth graders' marketplace benefits peers


Posted Date: 08/07/2018

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A fifth grade lesson on Colonial America led to an entrepreneurial opportunity and a hefty donation for school lunches for the district’s children.

Through their study of Colonial times, Chanute Elementary fifth graders learned that the town Fifth grader shows how a whirlygig worksmarketplace was where residents would gather to visit, buy and sell produce and household goods. The students divided into artisan groups and learned to make cloth dolls, toys, aprons and potholders, dip wax candles, bake cornbread and hand-churn butter.

Their sales to students and the public during their own Colonial Marketplace at CES raised $1,235. The money was donated to Debbie’s Fund, which helps pay off student lunch accounts with negative balances. The fund was created in 2016 with memorial funds for Debbie Cummings, a school food service manager at Chanute Elementary, who wanted to make sure “her kids were taken care of” after her death.