Melva Edmisten’s students were recently part of a service project to raise funds for Stone’s Throw Ministries. Stone’s Throw Ministries is a local organization that works to provide goods and services to other agencies and ministries.
The students made ornaments and door jammers and sold them to students and staff at Elkin High School. They collected just less than $470 for the ministry.
“It is important to help people in need. We had to work together to achieve our goal,” said Edmisten. “I wanted the students to understand why it is important for us to give back to our community and to help those in need.”
Edmisten also wanted students to have the practical business experience such a project offers students. “I also wanted them to have experience operating a ‘small business.’ The students made all the ornaments and door jammers that we sold. They collected the money, gave change, and wrapped and bagged purchases,” Edmisten said.
Middle and high school students also went to Elkin Elementary School to help with Santa’s Workshop in that school.
Besides learning practical skills, students also enjoyed the social and entertaining aspects of the project. “Students liked making and selling the ornaments. We enjoyed talking to customers and helping at Santa’s Workshop at EES,” Edmisten said.
EHS student Katie Bryant said she especially liked “making the ornaments and working together.” Several high school students visited the students’ store and found ornaments to purchase. Edmisten’s students made change and wrapped purchases in bags with hand-drawn pictures on them.
As the saying goes, good things come in small packages. The smallest good deed can lead to the biggest reward. “I would like for us to do a project like this every year,” Edmisten said. This was a great way for students to get involved in something small for a good cause.
See Stone’s Throw Ministries on Facebook @stones.throw17 for future projects and ways to help.
Eryn Brown and Emma Swaim are English students at Elkin High School.