It was an exercise that combined work experience, language arts, math, and other skills. (Submitted photo)

Rossland elementary students learn about business, community

Students’ efforts raises money for Giving Cupboard

Some Grade 2 students at Rossland Summit School were put to work recently, but it was all for a good cause.

Laura Jackman’s Community Inquiry project saw students applying for jobs at 10 different businesses in town. When “hired,” the students worked for an hour at various jobs.

“They learned about the business and the history of the building. They interviewed the business owners or managers and completed an hour of work experience,” says Jackman. “At the end of the project they created a 3D gingerbread replica of the business they were studying.”

The project saw students learning in a variety of ways, with elements of social studies, language arts and math. With the math segment, students learned about measurement, 2D and 3D shapes, and graphing.

“The students seemed particularly interested in how each store chose and received the products they sold in their businesses but they also realized that each of the small business owners were pursuing a passion,” says Jackman. “And there is something pretty special about our little town that allows them to do that here.”

The gingerbread versions of the stores are on display in the businesses now and will be raffled off during the RSS Winter Gala on Dec. 13. Each business has also donated a gift certificate to be included with each replica.

Proceeds from the raffles will go to purchasing items to stock the class’s Giving Cupboard, which is located in Esling Park. The class installed the cupboard two years ago and it does a fundraiser every year to make sure it’s full for the holiday season.

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After visiting a business, students build a gingerbread replica. (Submitted photo)

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