Terrace Park fourth-graders turn craft into charity

Kids sell handmade ornaments for Puerto Rico
Posted at 7:07 AM, Dec 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-11 12:59:45-05

TERRACE PARK, Ohio -- The fourth-graders in the Destination Imagination class at Terrace Park Elementary have minds of entrepreneurs and hearts of gold.

After they spent three weeks making Christmas tree ornaments by hand, the kids decided to sell the ornaments to help Puerto Ricans still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

"They had a category 4 or 5 -- that's a really strong hurricane," 9-year-old Charlotte Buchholz said. "They probably need a lot of help."

As part of the Destination Imagination class, students have to come up with a project and goal. Then, they have to reach the goal without the help of a teacher.

An ornament made by the fourth grade Destination Imagination class at Terrace Park Elementary

The students decided to use the $700 raised through the ornament sale to buy and send supplies to the third grade class at The Juanita Garcia Peraza School in San Juan.

"The first thing they asked for was light. We couldn't send that to them, so we're sending flashlights and school supplies," Buchholz said.

Will Haugh, 10, said that the third-graders in San Juan weren't very different from his own classmates.

"No matter what our differences are, we always look at the same moon," Haugh said.

The students are holding another ornament sale on Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Village Green Gazebo on Wyoming Avenue. For more information or to donate to the drive, call Danielle Haugh at 412-770-4758. You can also donate to their GoFundMe page by clicking here.