Business and compassion were the main takeaways from a latchkey project at Scottish Corners Elementary School.
A group of students sold rubber band bracelets throughout October and last week donated money they earned to Canine Collective, a Delaware County-based dog rescue group.
Nov. 11, students handed over a check much larger than expected and got a visit from two Canine Collective representatives and pooches.
"It was all the idea of the kids," Scottish Corners Elementary Latchkey Teacher Danielle Winters said. "They came up with the idea knowing what a hit rainbow loom bracelets are. There were times that they had mountains of orders to make."
Fourth-grader Tyler Williams served as business manager for the project and kept an orderly notebook of money taken in and produced a bulging bag of special orders and receipts.
"We count the money," assistant business manager and fellow Scottish Corner fourth grader Davyn Jones said.
"We keep track of sales," Williams said. "Our goal was $40, but then we changed it to $70 and then $100."
But the students exceeded the $100 goal and raised a total of $182 for Canine Collective.
Fifth-grader Brooke Plotts said bracelets could be made quickly or took a little more time depending on designs.
Students sold designs such as fishtail, pumpkin and starburst ranging from 50 cents to $2, she said.
"We learned to work as a team," Plotts said.
Both students and Latchkey workers were surprised by the success of the project.
"I probably have $50 worth of quarters (from the sales)," said Debby Myers, the lead Latchkey teachers at Scottish Corners. "They took to it and ran with it. We like to teach them to give back."
Along with orders and sales, students hung posters around the school advertising the effort.
Jean Lally, director of Canine Collective, said donations such as the one from the Scottish Corners Elemtentary Latchkey program help their mission.
"We are able to go into rural areas and take dogs from abject horror," she said.
After rescuing dogs, foster homes are used until a permanent home can be found for the canines, Lally said.
Adoption events are held at the Sawmill Road Pet Smart store from noon to 3 p.m. every Saturday.
"This was a good lesson of giving to others and having a passion for something," said Winters, who also happens to volunteer for Canine Collective. "I'm happy they really got into it. I'm really proud of them," she said.
"I knew they would make me proud, but I didn't know how much," Winters said.
"They exceeded my expectations."