Fulton School News

6th Grade Philanthropy: Grace's Place

It is a long-standing tradition at The Fulton School to have the 6th grade class run the school store, which offers a variety of lunch items, snacks, and beverages for sale. The store is open every day during all lunch periods for preschool through 12th grade.

The school store is a multi-disciplinary activity completely run by the 6th graders. The students apply a variety of skills they learn from language arts and math class to carry out different jobs. Students change positions every month; positions include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, marketing, decorator, special sales, and inventory.

The students have weekly business meetings where they make decisions and plan special events like bake sales, holiday raffles, or snow cone days. The students are in charge of choosing the inventory, stocking the shelves, keeping the store tidy, and operating the cash box.

Profits made throughout the year are allocated to the 6th grade philanthropy project.

This year’s class (shown right) focused on local charities that might benefit from their donation – especially during the pandemic -- and voted to give $1,750 to Grace’s Place Crisis Nursery.

Located in Washington, Missouri, and serving the residents of Franklin County, Grace’s Place is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve as a temporary emergency shelter for children and families in crisis by providing a loving and safe environment for children. 

They offer crisis care, respite care, case management, and mobile counseling by licensed clinical social workers.

Grace’s Place was established in December 2010 by sisters Suzette Monda and Suzanne Highley, who saw a need for a specific population in the Franklin County community that was essentially "slipping through the cracks." They became a licensed facility through the State of Missouri in December 2012 and currently offer 8 beds for children ages birth to 18 years old. Children receive 24/7 care for up to 30 days at no cost to their family or caregivers. 

In spring 2019, Grace’s Place purchased a second location in Union which is currently undergoing renovations, with hopes to host a grand opening later this summer.

“The reason we chose Grace's Place is because we were looking for a local nonprofit organization that would really benefit from our donation,” said 6th grader Evan Monzyk. “Grace's Place is a home where children with hard lives or harsh living conditions can stay. With our donation they plan to buy outside toys and bikes for their new location and a shed to keep them in. We hope to be able to go to their open house this summer to see how our donation helped.”

The 6th graders, along with their teacher Mrs. Tracy Lannert, met with a representative of the organization in a Zoom meeting this spring. “I was super impressed with the students’ knowledge of our programs and their passion to give back to their community,” said Amanda Jones, CEO of Grace’s Place (pictured above). “I am a firm believer that if we don't model for our youth how to give back and explore how it feels to do something kind, without the expectation of a reward, they won't learn or be able to experience what selflessness feels and looks like.”

“It's hard to instill this in adults who've never had the opportunity to give back or pass it on,” explained Jones. “I just truly love the concept of the 6th grade store. It's got the wheels in my brain turning!"

To find out more about Grace’s Place, visit www.GracesPlaceCrisisNursery.com or find them on Facebook here.

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