Sal’s third grade class had job interviews for doing chores around the class. The kids would do those jobs for Inghram bucks. Inghram bucks can be used to buy a class party. Sal told me about an ice cream party they had. I was jealous.
Catherine and I go into the class every now and then and teach the kids programming with Scratch. After I heard about the ice cream party, I needed to get some Inghram bucks, so I asked the kids to tip me for the classes I’ve been teaching, cause that’s a job too. One kid wanted to give me a penny. He’s not on my list of favorite kids. And there isn’t even an Inghram penny.
With 23 kids, I pulled in $45.
This week, I found out that the end of year party was going to run about 100 Inghram bucks.
I thought of asking for another round of tips, but I wanted to make it more meaningful…and get more bucks too.
So I told them that for every Inghram buck that they gave me, I would match it with a real dollar donation to my Tour de Cure bike ride on June 8th. There is a diabetic in their class, so it seemed more relevant than my AIDS ride.
The kids asked me if they gave me $1000 if I would match it. Of course! What about a million? That made me ask the teacher how much money they had at that point. They said they were rich. I asked if they were generous though.
Mrs. Inghram figured the average was $300…across 23 kids – that seemed doable. Some were thinking of giving me all their money, except then, they wouldn’t have money for the end of year party. Real issues now with Inghram bucks!
It definitely gave them something to talk about and discuss for the rest of the day. And I left there trying to think of more ways to get all their money for some reason. Somehow I felt like I was playing Monopoly.
I got a text after school. They gave me over $800. A couple of standouts – someone donated $115 flat out. Another one donated 80% of their money. I think I’ll be buying a lot of her wares at the open house product showcase, to make sure she’s got enough money to get to the end of year party…but I love the thought.
It was extremely touching. Of course, it would have been even more touching if they actually hit that $1000 mark they tried to scare me with in the morning. But in the end, we’re donating $911 (x2, with a corporate match). Not too shabby for our little ride.