Each Friday afternoon fourth-grade students at Mount Horeb School partake in a variety of class offerings known as interest clusters, giving the students a chance to explore topics they find interesting.
Some topics students have studied include the stock market, local foods and the impact they have on health and business, sports web technology, story publishing, even the creation of math board games. The students, working in teams of five students in a group, apply the 21st Century Learning Skills combining disciplines and emphasizing creative approaches to problems.
According to Mt. Horeb gifted and talented/enrichment teacher Wendy Piller, the "Save the World, One Kid at a Time" cluster exemplifies those skills. The cluster seeks "to teach and enhance leadership skills through the implantation of a social action project."
"After brainstorming ways to help others, a group of five, fourth-grade students determined they wanted to raise money for breast cancer," Piller said. "They researched this disease and created informational fliers, which summarized key points of their investigation.
"Additionally, students learned about the business of charitable giving," she added.
The students decided to hold a bake sale, and on Saturday, they will be taking the next step in their project by selling cookies in front of the Kings Supermarket.
Buy a cookie and receive an informational flyer, a cup of pink lemonade, and a pink ribbon (handcrafted by the students, also).
And to complete the project, the students did some additional research and selected the Susan G. Komen Foundation as the recipient of their collected funds, which will receive all proceeds of the cookie sales.
This article was edited to correct an error in the date the students will be selling the cookies.