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  • Giving, the smart way

  • Lakeside Elementary School students are spending this week learning about the concepts of giving and budgeting.

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  • Lakeside Elementary School students are spending this week learning about the concepts of giving and budgeting.
    Every year the school’s PTO hosts a Santa Shop in the auditorium where students can purchase holiday gifts for their families and friends. The items for sale are usually purchased in bulk, said parent and volunteer Bryan Hanson, and include things such tool sets, toy cars, aluminum water bottles, candles, jewelry, children’s books, stuffed animals and games, among others.
    “We sell them at cost, there’s no profit on anything,” Hanson said. “It’s an opportunity for the kids to shop on their own and buy something for their families.”
    Hanson said he enjoys watching the way the kids’ ages determine how they shop.
    “The older kids know more what they’re doing and I think they enjoy getting to make a decision on their own,” he said. “The younger ones usually have wish lists and we have to help them and keep them on track. We also wrap presents for them.”
    Meira Garcia-Rueda, 11, a fifth-grader in Carrie McGowen’s class, said she enjoyed shopping at the Santa Shop.
    “It’s fun because we get to buy stuff and we get to choose what gifts we get to give to our families,” she said. “I found some pretty cool stuff.”
    The store also teaches the students about the concepts of money and budgeting, McGowen said.
    “They learn that money doesn’t go forever,” she said. “It’s also difficult to take your kids shopping for a gift for you. Here, everything has a small cost and they learn how to spend.”
    Kindergarten teacher Julie Shaffer agreed.
    “It gives them the idea that they have a spending limit,” she said.
    The students also learn about giving, McGowen said.
    “It’s hard to come in and not buy things for themselves,” McGowen said. “But most of them do buy for others.”
    Shaffer shared McGowen’s sentiment.
    “It gets them in the mindset of buying for others and that giving gifts is an important thing. They’re always excited to come in and get gifts for their families, especially with the parents not knowing what they’re getting.”

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