Economics Class Project Benefits Local Organizations

A recent project in the economics class made a big impact not only on the CJ community, but local organizations.

Teacher Angela Ruffolo challenged her students to create an event that would benefit area nonprofits. The groups the students chose included 4 Paws for Ability and the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. One group's profits went towards the school's Lenten Mission Drive, with proceeds benefiting organizations from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Marianists.

“Everyone loves animals and if you can help animals by watching a popular film then that’s even better,” said Zach Braun ‘18. His group hosted a showing of The Princess Bride after school last month. Students who attended the showing had the opportunity to purchase snacks. 

Another group held a bake sale that ended in sweet success for the team.

“We sold out of almost all our food,” group member David Teague ‘18 said.

Additional group member Sally Shepard ‘18 noted, “We were surprised how many people bought the food - it was unexpected.”

The third group hosted a 3-v-3 basketball tournament, something member Lydia Metallinos ‘18 said she was eager to help organize.

“We didn’t have a 3-v-3 tournament last year, but we did our freshman and sophomore year,” Metallinos said. “I never knew it was for economics class and when we found out it was option, we knew we wanted to do it.”

As part of the 3-v-3 tournament, students, faculty and alumni who wanted to participate or watch the tournament financially contributed to the cause. Fans who watched the tournament also had the opportunity to purchase snacks during the event.

In total, the students who organized the 3-v-3 tournament had the largest profit of more than $200.

“It was good to raise awareness for the class and also raise money for the Humane Society,” Tim Sprowl ‘18, a member of the 3-v-3 tournament group, noted.

A different group member, Jeff LaBianco ‘18, agreed, “Economics is a good class and maybe there will be more awareness because people will want to do fun projects like this.”

Ruffolo noted, "All the students worked hard to get their projects to be successful. It also taught them about teamwork, communication, and setting goals. They also learned about adaptation and change because nothing ever goes exactly as planned! And, they also learned that an idea that looks great on paper may not be as successful when it is actually implemented!"

Nearly $500 total was contributed to nonprofits after all projects were completed.

Posted May 7, 2018