Perry elementary students start business, donate funds to animal shelter – Reuters

PERRY, Ga. (41NBC/WMGT) — A Houston County elementary school started a student-run business that resulted in a $1,000 donation to Friends of Perry Animal Shelter.

Victoria Mendoza’s first graders and Jessica LeBrun’s fifth graders at Tucker Elementary School in Perry learned about entrepreneurship while working together to raise money for charity.

They made and sold grams of tissue paper flowers for Valentine’s Day, naming the business “The Kissy Flower Shop”.

The students designed the logo, practiced their sales pitches, learned how to make the flowers and then counted the orders.

They made over 500 sales worth about $500, and the Rotary Club of Perry matched that amount.

The students voted to donate the money to the animal shelter.

“I am pleased that our students had the opportunity to participate in a project-based learning experience,” said Principal Eddie Williams. “Imagine my excitement when the project became something more: active learning, after which the students chose to contribute to their community. I sincerely believe that volunteerism and civic engagement are the cornerstones of a strong nation. I’m so proud of these Tucker Tigers who take our motto, “Be Kind and Dream Big” to heart.

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