Hands-on experience proved to be an effective learning process for Grade 11 Trenton High School students who donated $3,000 to charity. Using the concept of a charity fundraising event, these students applied their knowledge of accounting and marketing to organize and run a head shaving/cutting event.
According to teacher Rod Campbell, this project taught each individual how to apply classroom learning to the real world. “It was fantastic to see the students get so involved. They worked together to brainstorm ideas and come up with different options. The head shaving/cutting event was a huge success,” he remarks.
The marketing students were split into groups to study local charity events and work on fundraising ideas. Over 31 possible events were brainstormed and discussed. They analyzed and evaluated demographics, communications, possible venues and what would be required to turn the event into reality. Each group’s results was presented to the rest of the class.
The accounting students were was split up and assigned a marketing group to work with. The ‘accountants’ offered the development of the necessary accounting control sheets to keep the events on track. One charity, Camp Trillium, was ultimately chosen as the entire group focus. This was significant because a number of students had been affected by this terrible disease.
It was decided to run a ‘Head Shaving and Cutting’ event on the school’s auditorium stage during one lunch hour. Representatives of both Camp Trillium and the Trenton Kiwanis Club participated. The event raised $3,000 for Camp Trillium.
When asked to reflect on what they had accomplished, all students agreed that they found the project to be the most personally satisfying in their student careers to date. The only regret they had was not being able to pursue more events and include other causes. They hope to pursue more and remain personally engaged in other events in school years to come.
Trenton High School is a community school where students can achieve success in a positive, safe, and supportive environment. Effective partnerships with parents and our community create a shared commitment to support students in all program pathways. The diversity of programs and facilities offers all students many opportunities to learn and prepare for their future.
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