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Waialae 5th graders raise more than $2,000 for Make-A-Wish® Hawaii


January 16, 2015


Honolulu, HI

Students and teachers of the Waialae Public Charter Elementary School pose with Make-A-Wish Hawaii staff members to present the funds donated after Market Day.  About 90 students from Waialae Elementary Public Charter School chose to donate more than $2,000 in sales generated from Market Day held in December, when they set up shop at school and marketed their businesses to parents and staff.

“We are so grateful for the support these inspiring future leaders have given,” said Make-A-Wish® Hawaii President and CEO Siana Austin Hunt.  “It is so special when kids in our community come forward with their creativity wanting to support their peers who are facing serious illnesses.”

Market Day is a project embedded in the school’s 5th grade curriculum where students are tasked with forming small groups and brainstorming business plans, and then seeing those plans through.

“They have to go through the business process of forming a business, getting products that they want to sell, and then pitching their ideas in front of a panel,” explained Waialae 5th Grade Teacher Brennan Young. “They even have paperwork that they have to fill out accurately, or else they get ‘fined’.”

These real-life business skills culminate on Market Day when students set up their completed businesses and market them to parent shoppers. In past years, fake money was used for the entirety of this project, but this year they chose to use real money.

“We wanted to tie this project into something more socially responsible, so instead of using fake money we used real money,” Young added. “Each group had $20 from their investors, or parents, which gave them a budget to buy supplies and tap into their creativity.”

Business models varied – some kids tried their hand in the food and beverage business and sold smoothies, while others tapped into the film industry and sold a movie that they produced. Students learned about the importance of philanthropy after the profits rolled in.

“We required students to choose a charity and give to a greater cause,” Young said. “Make-A-Wish® Hawaii ended up being the winner after all kids voted.”

“So many kids have a heart for our mission because our wish kids are their friends, classmates, neighbors, cousins, or siblings,” added Hunt. “It’s why we recently launched our Kids For Wish Kids program.”

Kids For Wish Kids is a fundraising program through Make-A-Wish® Hawaii that engages kids in fundraising. Kids have the creative freedom to come up with their own ideas and manage those ideas from start to finish. 

For more information on Kids for Wish Kids, go here. To learn about our Wishmakers on Campus program, which is a fundraising program for college-aged students, go here.


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