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Kids in Need Foundation
March 28, 2011

The Kids in Need Grant that my students received allowed them to create their own business! By receiving the $500.00 grant monies, Transition Students in the T.R.A.C.T. Program bought 3 new shredders. They now receive all the school's important shredding boxes in our district, and do all the shredding themselves. They then take the shredding bags to the recycling center for processing, with TRACT provided transportation.
Combined with their shredding project, they also collect all schools cafeteria cans, bottles, etc. to be recycled.
Students then bill each school for shredding/recycling services completed. Money returned to the TRACT Program by schools is deposited directly into the student TRACT fund, and students then decide how and where the money is spent with teacher support. This great project gives students an opportunity to learn responsibility for their job, follow through with their commitment, and budgeting/banking skills with their money. The kids love it!

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My students are happy with the project they are doing. They feel pride in their work, as they are providing a necessary service, and they are learning good job skills! They are also learning to cooperate with each other, problem solve, and work as a team to accomplish a goal! Great skill development with student driven energy and success is possible because of this opportunity.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would continue to do this the same, but expand in our district. I would also like to have students present the project to each school principal/etc. to encourage their expertise with speaking and engaging with others.

Advisor & I helped my students with the planning, implementation, and on going success of this project.