School Wish Lists updated the middle of each month (October-April).
Help your Business
That’s the idea behind Student Projects, an add on to our GrowBuck by ReBuildUp program.
Student Projects (SP) gives students in limited resource classrooms something to buy and sell using GrowBucks. SP aims to match each participating limited resource classroom with one Business Partner. However, SP is available to all types of schools as long as there’s a Business Partner available for one or more classrooms.
Each month, students vote on Wish List items they’d like donated to complete their Student Projects.
Each item needs to be under $20 in value and a bulk item like a bag of craft sticks that can be sold to students individually. Single items can be rented out like a custom cut hole puncher for example.
To decide who receives these items, students send in their Project Pitches detailing how they plan to sell your donations to other students during the next school Market. Instructors can review and pick the best Project Pitches for each item or ReBuildUp can do this. If sending Project Pitches to ReBuildUp, each Pitch needs to use the Student’s assigned GrowBuck letter to keep their identity anonymous.
The top 3 vote getting Wish List items are then forwarded to you, the Student Projects Business Partner. The Wish List is updated in the middle of each month (Oct-Apr) on rebuildup.com/wishlist
with email notifications available when you subscribe to this blog (see upper left corner).
You’ll use this Wish List to organize a donation drive asking people through social media and mailing lists to drop off the requested items at your place of business. The monthly donation drive typically runs for two weeks unless all items are donated in a shorter time frame. You can give donors the option to have donated items ordered online shipped to your location. If no donated items are collected, we request you as the Business Partner acquire at least one of the Wish List items to donate. ReBuildUp can assist with developing your donation drive strategy.
NOTE: Business Partners can skip the donation drive by donating the 3 Wish List items themselves every month (about a $60 per month commitment October through May).
At the end of the donation drive, tag your donors in a thank you post with a picture of your filled donation box, and then drop it off at the school. Only publicly mention/tag donors who wish to be recognized whenever you thank donors listing all others as “anonymous” to protect their privacy. Remember to look up school address and front office hours before making your monthly Wish List delivery. In some areas, there may be Business Partners willing to pick up and drop off your monthly donation for you.
From there, items are given to students with the winning Project Pitches to sell during the next school market. Donated items are often used to make value added items to sell like a student purchasing beads and twine to make and sell jewelry or turning colored paper into origami animals.
Thanks to your involvement, students get to practice critical thinking, writing, financial literacy, and math skills while boosting foot traffic to your place of business.
Our goal is to boost math scores at low (and high) performing schools by giving them the tools to build their very own (math intensive) economy.
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ReBuildUp, LLC is a for-profit company. Some of our efforts can be considered the work of non-profits, but other services are classified as for profit.
Contact us if you have any questions or comments regarding our status. We’re happy to work with those looking to improve our schools and communities.
We reserve the right to reject job listings, item donations, and/or sponsorships we find unsuitable for our school partners like businesses selling potentially controversial products or services that might distract from our programs’ focus on health and jobs.
If for some reason the program, listing, or donation does not take place, advertisers, donors, and/or sponsors will be given the option to redirect their funds towards another school or be refunded in the form of a mailed check for the amount paid minus any processing fees.