A desire to help others in their community had sixth graders calculating how to fill food bank shelves one morning at a supermarket. Armed with lists, clipboards, calculators, and grocery carts, students from Scott Middle School were tasked with purchasing the maximum amount of good food for $33.
They learned a few things about stretching a food budget, such as the fact that a box of Hamburger Helper goes a lot further than the muffin bites they are so fond of.
They bought cans of corn and soup, along with spaghetti sauce, mac and cheese, and peanut butter.
They also compared generic brands to name brands, and chose to purchase more of the generic.
There was more than math to this lesson, however.
“There are children who are in need of food, parents who can’t afford to buy it,” said Ashley Smetter, one of about 170 sixth-graders who went on the trip.
This trip to the grocery store was the culmination of the sixth grade service project to raise money and food for the Food Bank of Lincoln. Scott students have participated in the annual endeavor for seven or eight years.
Teacher Jeff Rump said “We wanted to tie it into the curriculum.” The project allowed the use of math in a real world setting, comparing the unit price of foods and deciding what the cost efficient deals were.