This summer, learning math and doing charitable service went hand-in-hand in teacher Isaac Labish’s classroom.
His special needs students mastered counting out money and making change – thanks to their coffee cart that made daily rounds at the F. Donald Myers Education Center. At the end of the summer session, the students were thrilled to donate the $125 raised to the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.
“They need a lot,” said one student, including shots, surgeries and food.
Another student put it, “We are happy to help.”
Helping the animals, which they visited, motivated the students each morning as they rolled their cart from classroom-to-classroom, selling coffee, donuts and other breakfast baked goods. Many of the bakery items were homemade by the students. As they worked in the kitchen, they practiced their math skills by measuring and multiplying ingredients. Then they sold each item for a quarter.
“It was a great project to boost their math skills,” said Mr. Labish. “They learned to identify coins, make change, count the coins.”
After collecting quarters, nickels, dimes and dollars, the students counted and rolled up the coins that were delivered to the shelter.
In addition to boosting math skills and providing some assistance to homeless animals, Mr. Labish said that his class also developed better social skills – mainly by asking customers what they would like, serving them, and being courteous.
“I think this project helped prepare them for jobs,” said Mr. Labish whose students were high school age. “They learned how to deal with people. That’s a lot right there.”