What started out as a project-based math lesson about the basics of running a small business has grown into a successful student-run coffee and baked goods stand with a philanthropic mission.
On May 18, Dormont Elementary School’s 5th grade students hosted their Second Annual “Fifth Grade Coffee Shop” event, which raised $1,500 for the Jubilee Kitchen in Pittsburgh’s Hill District neighborhood.
Over the past several months, students have worked diligently to plan all aspects of the Coffee Shop, including securing donations, setting pricing, calculating needed supplies, promoting the event, operating the Coffee Shop, researching local nonprofit organizations, and coordinating with the Dormont Elementary School PFO (Parent-Faculty Organization) to hold the Coffee Shop during their Spring Book Fair and “Walk Your Child to School” Day.
“To watch the students take the concepts that they learned in the classroom and apply them to this real-world project has been a tremendous experience, both for me as a teacher and for my students,” said fifth grade teacher Mrs. Judy Tredway. “They are 100% invested in the success of this event - and this project has taught them so much more than math.”
KDKA visited Thursday's Coffee Shop and shared this wonderful story about the event .