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2, 2003 is more than a tasty treat at Kimball Elementary School as simple as Kimball Ele- have donated Cross, the and the to the KES the media purchase )ment. The "Flavors on students in Multi-Age teaches stu- Gustafson said. stress handle money spend the his or hol&apos; in the busi- jobs include checkers, and clean-up before lunch, ' at work. the ice the ice Helgerson up the busi- said. Once the prep work is done, the cart is placed in the cafeteria section of the gym and students can purchase ice cream for 50 cents during their l periods. "I get to count out 50 cents from everyone," Michael's sister, Kate said. Customers line up in front of the cashier. Each week, Flavors on Friday offers three types of ice cream, which the cashiers read off. "Blueberry Cheesecake, Blue Moon or Grandma's Apple Pie," Katie Oster asks her peer cus- tomers. Each choice is tallied so stu- dents know which flavors are popular and eaten the most. This helps students choose fla- vors for subsequent weeks. "The students order the ice cream and choose the flavors," Gustafson said. "The students surveyed the school to find the favorite flavors." / After the customers pay, they line up before being served. The cones person hands a cone to the scooper. Tlien the cones are filled with one or two scoops." "You leam how to measure," Kirk Pmmann said. "Like one- and-a-half scoops. You learn how much to give to a person." Half-way through the lunch period, the second-shift comes on board. The students rotate lunch times with when they work. "We have two shifts of work- ers so each student has a job every Friday," Gustafson said. Besides the Friday work shifts, students also advertise their business in the school. They color posters and make announcements over the school's PA system. "It's fun and hard at the same time," student Alison Rippen- trop said about her work. After the work day, the clean- up crew puts away the ice cream and cleans off lunch tables that may have ice cream spills. The students are also responsible for counting all of the money they collected. Hag-way through the school year, Gustafson's IMAC class switches off with Patti Bauerly's class in the operation. This allows both classes to learn responsibilities that go along with running a business. Just as in the real commpnity, business members are known by the general public and interact with their peers through the business. Mamie Macgregor Flavors on Friday veteran. She has worked in the business for three years. "My favorite part of doing ice cream is getting to see all of the other kids." Students await their Flavors on Friday treat at Kimball Elemen- tary School. Money raised through the business is given to local charities and helps pay for school supplies, including books for the library and equipment for the playground. The business also teaches students real world work experi- ence. Gustafson said, "Students learn the responsibility of a job. Sometimes they don't want to work, but this is their job. It real- ly is hands-on learn'rag." Flavors on Friday originally started six years ago with funds provided by the Central MAn- nesota Initiative Foundation. Last year, the grant ran out and Flavors on Friday became self- sufficient, however prices had to be raised from 25 cents to 50 cents. Gustafson said, "The other teachers, principals and stu- dents said it is such a great thing, we need to keep it going as long as we can." raise teens shoulder-to-shotflder Web site resource campaign with practical are vitally important to raising port. 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