Mill Creek Elementary students combine their lesson plans with giving back

MADISON, Ala. - One Madison elementary school gave back in a unique way this holiday season. Fourth graders at Mill Creek Elementary used their lesson plans to put together a Christmas party for the children of Manna House.

How many times have you heard your kids ask when they're ever going to use what they learn in school? Mill Creek Elementary librarian Kris Grey gave her students that chance.

"We decided we could tie some math in with planning a Christmas party, and we talked about who we could actually do it for and they decided on Manna House," she said.

Gray said her favorite part about the project based learning experience was when her students asked if they could take gifts to the kids.

"The math has been a wonderful experience. But reaching out to the community and watching the kids, I just love to see that they have a spirit of giving.  We need to nurture that," she said.

The students had to apply what they learned in their math classes in order to plan the party. Fourth grader Nicole New explained how they did that.

"We picked a recipe and did math problems with it and found how much it would cost," she said.

The students then actually brought in the recipes they picked to serve the kids at Manna House. Nicole said it's been a lot of math, but she would probably do it again.

"This is actually a really good opportunity for all of us because it's helping out in the community and actually preparing us for real world stuff," she said.