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Third-Graders Donate $1,800 to Save Animals

Dec. 18, 2018 – Across PfISD, third-graders have been hosting Market Days to teach students about business and charity at the same time, and one elementary school made a significant donation after a successful Market Day.
Students from Mott Elementary presented the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter with a check for $1,892.39 on Monday to help animals in their community.
Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter members were excited to receive the donation, especially from young students who believe in the work they are doing to save and rescue animals in the area.
“It’s beautiful. I think this is awesome. We didn’t do this when I was a kid,” said Friends of Pflugerville Animal Shelter board member Kristen Chamberlin. “Our school never thought of doing anything like this when I was young. I think it’s an amazing thing.”Members from Friends of Pflugerville Animal Shelter accept a donation from Mott Elementary.
Animals are a hot topic among students at Mott, with informational books about different animals being the most popular at the library on a consistent basis. Finding a way to help animals in their community is what drove them to make the donation to the Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter, said third-grader Lillyana Marquez said
“A lot of people give their pets and animals to an animal shelter when they do something bad. It’s pretty sad,” Marquez said.
Chamberlin said the shelter will be able to use the money to increase the amount of outdoor shaded areas and kennels for small dogs.
For their Market Day, third-graders at Mott sold items ranging from homemade slime, bracelets and earrings, bookmarks, paper airplanes and even the classic paper fortune tellers popular among kids still today. Students had to make their product and determine how much was spent on materials to subtract from their earnings in order to determine profit margin as part of the business lesson involved.
Items sold quickly as students from all grades sought out items to buy their friends and family for the holidays. The amount of money raised is inspiring to the teachers at Mott as they see the character of the children involved. Third-grade teacher Samantha Glover said it is nice to see their desire to help the helpless grow and develop through the Market Days initiative set forth by PfISD.
“It’s a wonderful investment to make these students into actual good citizens,” Glover said. “It’s one thing to read about what is a good citizen in a textbook versus actually playing a part in our community.”
Friends of the Pflugerville Animal Shelter is a non-profit organization of volunteers that supports Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services to provide a caring environment for homeless animals without the need to euthanize. Money raised by the organization goes to help pay for medical needs of the animals, supplies and more.
PfISD’s Market Days initiative helps teach third-graders about business and entrepreneurship, with all proceeds being donated to charity. Last year, the district raised more than $12,600 to support over 14 charities. Information on the overall impact of this year’s Market Days across the district will be announced at a later date.