Viking T-Shirts for Charity

BY Kristen Kelley

Wareham Middle School

Project Description
As a math teacher – I want my students to understand the process of buying and selling a product and making a profit. By exposing the students to this process, it ties directly in with our math curriculum that covers decimals, addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. In addition gathering and using data to make decisions. Graphing our data to present in a presentation to the class in order to make informed decisions. It also shows how math is used to solve real world problems and make decisions on data that is driven by math. The bigger goal is to give back to the community by having the students research and select a charity that will benefit from the profits from the sale of the T-shirts.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
All the students will participate in the project. I am hoping to sell the T-shirts at 100% mark up, which will allow us to cover the cost and give the charity 100%. With the grant money – it allows us to continue this project going forward for another charity during the year or for next year’s incoming 5th graders.

Benefit to the students and the school
The students will design the T-shirt based on our Viking logo and the words “Respect, Responsible, and Thoughtful”. They will sell them mostly to the students & staff of the middle school, which will help spread the culture that we are looking to see at our school. It gives the students ownership of their design. Having students participate in a community service activity will hopefully have a life long effect. They will also learn real life business skills and vocabulary in the areas of buying, selling, and turning a profit, loss or breaking even.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)
The students have already started on the design of the T-shirts. If the money is approved we can bring our design to the chosen vendor. Once we have a sample, we can take orders for the shirts and have them printed up. The goal is to have them all sold by May of 2018 and award a charity the profit by June of 2018.


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