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Brooklyn Dreams Class Sets Up A 2-Day Ice Cream Booth

An end of year fundraiser for one seventh-grade class at Brooklyn Dreams Charter School had the scholars organizing an ice cream booth. Seventh-Grade General and Special Education Teacher Skylar Sharpe’s students came to her with the idea. Sharpe asked her students to create a PowerPoint presentation with their ideas on how they would go about doing it.
 Student giving thumbs up
This ice cream booth worker is giving the thumbs-up for a successful day.

“They did a great job with their presentation,” Sharpe said. “We agreed to let them do the ice cream booth. They really did not need very much of our help. Working on and finalizing the menu and pricing came first.”
 
The 22 students who organized the ice cream booth were Sharpe and Kevin Xu’s Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) class which is an integration of general education and special education students. Xu teaches general education math.
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 Students were eager to purchase a cold, creamy treat.

The students decided on four ice cream flavors: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and cookies and cream. The booth had five toppings: chocolate and rainbow sprinkles, chocolate syrup, Oreos and chocolate chip cookies. The cost for two scoops and one topping was $2, and 50 cents for an extra topping.
 
The students also invented three special recipes that they called 405 Creations. The Heart Attack was chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream, with Oreo cookie topping, rainbow sprinkles and chocolate syrup for $5. The BDCS Special was chocolate and vanilla ice cream, Oreo and chocolate chip cookie toppings for $3. The Cookie Monster was cookies and cream ice cream, Oreo and chocolate chip cookie toppings, chocolate syrup and chocolate sprinkles for $4.
 student scooping ice cream
These ice cream scoopers were kept busy.

The Ice Cream Shop was open for two days from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All the classroom students had an assignment during the ice cream shop’s hours of operation. The students took the orders, scooped ice cream, added toppings, took payment, and made change. For some of the younger grades, ice cream orders were taken to the classroom to avoid any accidents.
 
“They really became entrepreneurs for the day,” Sharpe said. “They worked hard, and you could tell they were a little stressed. The response from other students was awesome. They had a lot of customers. The line went down the hall.
 ice cream menu
The booth had four ice cream flavors, five toppings, and three special creations that could be purchased.

“It went so well that the ice cream booth ran out of ice cream both days!”
 
After subtracting any expenses, the classroom fundraiser made a profit of $405. The students used the money to help subsidize the end of school year trip to Luna Park in Coney Island, New York, an amusement park.
 
Brooklyn Dreams Charter School is in Brooklyn, New York, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Brooklyn Dreams Charter School is a tuition-free, public charter school in Brooklyn, New York, serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. It is part of the National Heritage Academies network, which includes 98 tuition-free, public charter schools serving more than 65,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade across nine states. For more information, visit nhaschools.com.