Ava makes a difference

Supports ASIC's MoneySmart Teaching F-2 unit of work

Ava loved to do jobs for her friends, family and neighbours. She enjoyed helping others. Sometimes, if she was lucky, she would receive some pocket money for her work.

Ava used her pocket money to buy toys, books and lollies for herself.

One day Ava’s teacher, Mr Jacobs, told the class that they were going to start a new class project. It would involve hard work to help some people in need.

Ava grinned with excitement. ‘When I help others, I sometimes get pocket money. Will we get some money for our class project, Mr Jacobs?’

‘Hopefully, Ava, but this time the money will go to the Douglas family. Last week they lost everything in a house fire. Our class is going to raise money for them so they can buy some new clothes,’ said Mr Jacobs.

Mr Jacobs explained fundraising. ‘Sometimes people need our help to raise money so they can replace things that have been destroyed, or that they cannot afford to buy for themselves.’

This confused Ava. When she grew out of her clothes, or lost them, her parents just bought new clothes.

But when Mr Jacobs explained that the Douglas family did not have enough money to buy new clothes for their children after the fire, Ava began to understand.

Mr Jacobs asked the children to think about making or doing something that was inexpensive but would raise a lot of money. The class decided to make pancakes to sell at recess time.

That night Mr Jacobs visited Mrs Douglas to discuss the idea. She was very pleased that they wanted to help.

The local supermarket agreed to donate the ingredients for the pancakes. The principal agreed to let the children cook in the canteen.

The class were going to sell the pancakes for $1 each. They would not have to pay for the ingredients or the cooking equipment, so all the money they made would be profit.

Over the next week, Ava and her class were busy designing posters and brochures to promote the event. They also designed an advertisement for the school newsletter to tell students about the pancake stall.

They included the date, time, price and, most importantly, the reason why they were planning the fundraiser.

On the morning of the fundraiser, the class worked hard to get ready. All of a sudden it was recess time. Students came running to buy the pancakes.

Mrs Douglas and her son Flynn also came to buy a pancake. ‘Thank you so much for all your hard work,’ Mrs Douglas said to Ava. ‘The money you raise will help me buy clothes for my children.’

Ava saw that Flynn was wearing the same T-shirt and shorts that she saw him in three days ago. Ava couldn’t imagine losing all her clothes. She suddenly understood how the fundraiser could help the Douglas family.

Ava ran out to the playground shouting, ‘Roll up, roll up for your delicious pancakes. Only $1 each! Give your money to a great cause!’

As Ava walked home from school that day, she was feeling very proud that the class had made $250 selling pancakes. She decided to organise her own fundraiser selling lemonade in her front yard. She might be able to raise enough money to buy the Douglas children some toys, she thought.

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