AVON — The third-grade students of Pamela Cintas and Gina Grove of Hickory Elementary School have been learning math while doing community service.
For the past five weeks the two classes have been doing chores at home to earn money to buy items for the Angel Food Drive.
“We thought maybe each child would bring in 50 cents to a dollar a week, so we thought maybe $100 dollars a week would be coming in, $500 max over the five weeks,” Cintas said. “We ended up getting way more than I ever thought.”
The students actually raised close to $1,100 with the help of coupons and donations, and on Tuesday, they were divided into 10 teams and taken to either Meijer or Kroger to buy the food items.
Meijer donated $50 to the classes and Kroger donated $50 at first, and then donated another $50 when the students started shopping there.
The students were learning about math while earning money to help the Angel Food Drive as well.
“They would bring in their money every week and at each table they would share with their table mates how much money they brought in, and they would all verify that’s what they had,” Cintas said. “They would then calculate their total on the table and write their tables’ total on the board. They then would have to figure out the total of the whole class for that week.”
While shopping for the items for the food drive, the students had to determine how much of each food item their group could purchase with their share of the money. Each group had to get a certain item. They had to decide what the best value was for their money.
“When we were at the grocery stores, it wasn’t just getting the items, there was a lot of math involved,” one student said. “We had to add it all up to get the food that will go to those that need it.”