In December, Lausanne fifth graders hosted their second annual holiday PopUp Shop, earning over $500.
The young entrepreneurs sold both of their handmade products, EarBuddies and Stretchlets, for $3 each. Through feedback from their advisory board (made up of upper and lower school students and adults from the business world) and marketing surveys, they adjusted their earbud organizers and jewelry/hair ties to appeal to a larger audience.
Lynx4rEarth sold about 80 of each item. Afterward, they researched 501c3 non-profits in Memphis to donate all of their monies to and voted.
The result was a nearly a tie between two of the greatest "501s in the 901." Because of this, they split the money between Memphis Humane Society and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.
Le Bonheur heard about the donation and invited the students for a special tour at the hospital. The Lausanne students toured the hospital, hosted the game show for patients who played via remotes from televisions in their rooms and made cards to leave behind. They also brought along Stretchlets and Ear-buddies for the patients.
It was a meaningful and fun experience for all involved and a way to showcase the Lausanne Way through service to others.