On Friday 20th May, the grade 5 students from the International Section successfully organized a toy and bake sale to raise money for the Nantong Social Welfare Institute.
The sale was part of their PYP exhibition unit, where they had to undertake an action in their local community. The students have been looking at ‘People in Need’ and how we, as a community, have a responsibility to help those less fortunate than us. After a visit to a local orphanage they decided that they would like to raise money to help those children that they had met. A common tradition to raise money in many international schools is to run ‘bring and buy sales’, where students ‘bring in’ unwanted goods, and then ‘buy’ goods that other people have donated.
The students had planned the sale for many weeks and had been collecting donations of toys, products and home baked goods from the parents and children of the school. During this time the students learned about organization, costing, profit and loss, entrepreneurship and time management. The donations came in quickly and on the day of the sale they had collected lots of things to sell.
The whole school community came together to help out and donations and money came in from both the International and the Bilingual parents. Some parents even helped out by running their own tables selling food from their home country, and products from their own companies.
Despite the fact there were only 3 students organizing the event, they managed to raise nearly 6000 rmb for the orphans at the Institute. The students will hand over the money to the Institute later this week.