A group off fourth and fifth grade special education students are taking their school project on the road. On Saturday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., the students will be selling handmade buttons at McPherson Local, located at 105 N. Ann Arbor St., in downtown Saline.
The buttons are a collaboration between their Heritage resource room teacher, Teresa Redding and their art teacher, Kevin McCown. The students started the project off with a presentation from McCown’s wife, Melissa McCown, a senior marketing coordinator at Ghafari Associates. She explained to the class the steps and process it takes to plan, draft and create the end product.
“We wanted to help the students on improving their communication skills with others, help build on their peer relationships while learning how to effectively collaborate with others and to critically think through creating a project,” said Redding.
Once charged, the students went forward with interviewing the teachers within Heritage to get ideas for the buttons and worked on putting those ideas onto the buttons during the week.
They have had three successful sales within the school raising well over $200 and decided to take their buttons on the road.
All proceeds will go to the Huron Valley Humane Society.
The idea was to create “buttons for a cause.”
“We chose the Humane Society because some of them don’t have much money and some pets need a home,” said Jax.
After talking to their potential customers to see what they wanted to buy, the kids went to work drawing and coloring designs. Then they made photocopies of their designs. Melissa McCown provided the students with tools they needed to put the buttons together by hand.
“It wasn’t too hard,” said Ethan.
One of the goals of the project was financial literacy.
“We’ll be learning how to manage our money a little bit and learn how to sell the buttons,” said Ethan.
Jen McPherson of McPherson Local was all too happy to help them with this endeavor.
“I am so excited about this and being able to have them in the store,” said McPherson.
ome out to McPherson Local at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 28 to support the student’s efforts.