Upon doing a quality of life study in their Social Studies class, a group of Grade 3 and 4 students at the Children’s Village School identified that they wanted to help those less fortunate. Through the Entrepreneurial Adventure Program, supported by the Learning Partnership, 10 students participated in a countrywide program to raise money for charity. Using the design process, students created surveys and engaged in building and testing a variety of products to decide their final project: a business that would design and sell terrariums. These students, along with the help of their community mentor and teacher sponsors, created the “Plant Village” and began mass-producing terrariums, which they then sold to the school, family, friends and community members.
In total, these students from Children’s Village School raised just over $2000 for The Alex and won a National Award from the Learning Partnership for Originality.
The Children’s Village School is a unique setting within the CBE designed to meet the complex learning, social, and emotional needs of elementary school-aged children whose severe emotional and behavioral difficulties in their current school, community and home create significant barriers to their ability to engage in learning. Through participation in this project, students reinforced academic and life skills around persistence, confidence and learning while also developing citizenship and character.