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Second grade student-run business CorkyKidz donates to Gabriel’s Angels

Circle of students observe therapy dog from Gabriel's Angels Second grade teacher, Aimee Katz, and her students at DeGrazia Elementary, within the Marana Unified School District, embarked on a unique learning journey this school year to learn real-world business skills.


Made possible through a Real World Scholars EdCorp grant, these young hard working, entrepreneurial thinking students developed their own student-run business, Corky Kidz, making a variety of creative designs and items out of reused corks!


Learning entrepreneurship skills through real-world learning, students developed their business from the ground up. After creating their business name, Corky Kidz, and tagline, "Fun, Funky, and creative cork designs made by Kidz," students spent months seeking cork donations from local businesses, family and friends; researching and developing product prototypes; and learning various aspects of business.


To date, these second grade students have raised $500.00 from selling their creative items made from reused cork including pumpkins, snowmen, trees, and coasters.


CorkyKidz students present huge  "Check" created on cardboard of $300 dollars to Gabriel's Angels On Thursday, February 15 at 10:00am, students donated $300.00 from proceeds raised to Gabriel’s Angels. The check presentation occurred in Ms. Katz 2nd grade classroom at DeGrazia Elementary School. Gabriel's Angels mission is to inspire confidence, compassion, and best behaviors in at-risk children through pet therapy.