Fourth Graders Make Mother's Day Card Business to Benefit Care to Learn

By Melanie Chapman |

Published 05/07 2014 09:11PM

Updated 05/07 2014 09:20PM

NIXA, Mo. – Fourth graders from Nixa are working hard to raise money to help fellow students by selling very special Mother’s Day cards.

Mrs. Sullivan’s fourth grade classroom has turned into a store of sorts this week.

The students in her class are running a card factory selling Mother's Day cards to fellow Espy Elementary students for a quarter a piece.

A unique part is the students each have jobs; designing, printing, advertising, marketing and even keeping inventory of their creations.

“It’s kind of joyful because you could see them loving the cards and getting to take things for their mothers to love and it's just kind of fun,” says fourth grader Katie Faulk.

The teams of three are each running their own store at their desk.

“We always teach economics in the fourth grade and so this was a good way to make it real for them,” says Marcia Sullivan, the kids’ teacher. “And then everybody has to have a store and take care of customer service, getting money and giving correct change.”

It’s a valuable lesson that helps out their peers.

All money raised from selling these cards goes to the Care to Learn fund, which ensures students have heath, food, clothing and hygiene needs met to be successful in school. And so they don't have to worry about embarrassment. That cause is something these fourth graders are proud of.

Kindergartner Emma Heuyen knows her mother will love the card she chose

“Because it’s beautiful,” she says.

“It’s just a better way so they don’t' have to go with their mothers,” says Katie. “And its less money too.”

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