During their recent unit on economics, Buckeye Woods Elementary third-grade students learned about such concepts as competition, entrepreneurship, supply and demand, profit and markets.
On Valentine's Day, students in Amy Anderson and Jennie McDonald's classes got a first-hand experience of the impact of philanthropy.
The classes presented former Ohio State University football player Ryan Miller with a $100 check for the 2nd and 7 Foundation, a organization promoting literacy that Ryan co-founded.
The money was raised by the students through the sale of ornaments they made, as part of their economics project.
Along with the check, students presented an overview of their project and what they learned.
"I like the idea that they are getting the idea of volunteerism introduced early in their lives," Anderson said. "One of the words we talked about was philanthropy -- that people can use their money to do good things for others."
Anderson and McDonald's classes made a total of $250 in donations to 2nd and 7, Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Students helped select six charities to consider and a group of students researched each organization and wrote reports, then made persuasive speeches to the rest of the class about the worthiness of each one, Anderson said.
The three selected charities were chosen by a vote of the students.
The other five third-grade classes at Buckeye Woods also selected charities for the profits they earned by selling products they made.
Anderson and McDonald's classes made candy cane and reindeer ornaments, manufacturing them using Henry Ford's assembly line concept.
The students then sold the products in the cafeteria.
In another activity, students went through a job interview.
"(McDonald) and I wrote help-wanted ads for a variety of positions and the students decided which job they would want," Anderson said. "They had to fill out applications, create a resume and then they went through an actual job interview."
The interviews were conducted by such community members as Grove City Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage, City Councilwoman Melissa Albright, school board members Cathy Johnson and Mindy Garverick, district administrators and State Auto Insurance employees Kim Conrad and Kim Zornes.
State Auto was a sponsor of the project.
"We wanted the job application process to be authentic," Anderson said. "The students had to think about how they wanted to present themselves and dress appropriately for the interview. It was cute to see them come dressed in their finest clothes."
The students were honored to be interviewed by such distinguished members of the community, she said.
"Some of them were pretty nervous, but they all seemed to walk out of the interview with a greater sense of confidence and accomplishment," Anderson said. "I was so proud of them."