Lakewood fifth graders convert economics lesson into donation

Meals on Wheels Director Beth Adams accepts a $525 donation from Tahani Othman's fifth grade class Tuesday, June 11.
Meals on Wheels Director Beth Adams accepts a $525 donation from Tahani Othman’s fifth grade class Tuesday, June 11.

By Tara Cavanaugh Tahani Othman’s fifth grade class gave a $525 check to Meals on Wheels Director Beth Adams Tuesday afternoon. The donation was the result of a two-month long economics lesson that taught basic economics principles, which the students summarized in essays and shared with Adams on June 11. The students told Adams how wrote a grant request and were given $300 from the Ann Arbor Community Foundation. They split into three groups, selling baked goods, homemade note cards, and crafts made by Lakewood kindergarteners. The groups spent $150 of the grant on expenses, and priced their items so they would each earn at least $100. Overall, the class ended up with a profit of over $500. “We just want to say thank you to all the students and their parents and the families of Lakewood Elementary who all made this possible,” Adams said afterward. The fifth graders’ donation will provide eight full routes one day. “I also want to thank the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation for making these mini grants possible,” Adams said. “I think it’s really important to engage our youth in giving back, and the earlier we start, the greater that will stay with them as they grow into adults.” More on the AAPS News

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