On Monday, Dec. 16, kindergarten boys from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy presented Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with a $250 check from money they raised selling woven jewelry.
There to accept the money were two physicians from CHOP, Dr. Julie Moldenhauer and Dr. Natalie Rintoul. The students made the jewelry, sold the jewelry and decided who should receive the money. The boys planned to use the popular Rainbow Looms, but when they discovered the looms were too expensive, they came up with a more cost efficient way to create the bracelets: a clothespin.
Before making the jewelry, the kindergartners had the foresight to ask the SCH fifth-grade girls to work with them to figure out which bracelets would sell the best. The girls used a school-wide survey to find out which bracelet patterns and colors would be the most popular to sell.
They sold necklaces, bracelets and rings for $1 each at the SCH Homecoming Fair on Oct. 25 and turned a profit of $250 to donate to a charity of their choice. Following a class discussion, the boys chose the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHOP. The money raised will be used for baby supplies, books, blankets, and formula.
This project was completed in coordination with SCH’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL), whose curriculum instills an entrepreneurial mindset and skill set in students and where passion and great ideas are cultivated and nurtured.
“I was very proud of the boys because they truly embraced the CEL spirit,” said SCH kindergarten teacher Ellen Funchion. “When the boys discovered that the looms were too expensive, they put their heads together and decided to use a simple, everyday clothespin which worked beautifully. They showed great perseverance.”