Best Shopping Experience Ever!

One team of eager shoppers was having fun in the soup isle.
One team of eager shoppers was having fun in the soup isle.
Best Yet employee Kelly Glidden gave the students hats to wear then took them on a tour of the well stocked and always fresh vegetables and fruits.
Best Yet employee Kelly Glidden gave the students hats to wear then took them on a tour of the well stocked and always fresh vegetables and fruits.
With check list in hand this group is in search of mushroom soup and stuffing.
With check list in hand this group is in search of mushroom soup and stuffing.
Cantaloupes are ripe and ready.
Cantaloupes are ripe and ready.
Checking their list and calculating the purchase price keeps these shoppers on their toes.
Checking their list and calculating the purchase price keeps these shoppers on their toes.
This team of students begins their search for ingredients that will become Thanksgiving dinner in a basket.
This team of students begins their search for ingredients that will become Thanksgiving dinner in a basket.
Students, just off the bus, are eager to head inside the Best Yet Market and begin their fun morning.
Students, just off the bus, are eager to head inside the Best Yet Market and begin their fun morning.

Maplewood third-graders from Ms. Dawes and Ms. Labate’s classes visited Best Yet Market to shop for those in need in the Maplewood community and came away with a whole lot more.

With each child’s family donating $5 and more, the students shopped for food items to create Thanksgiving food baskets that will be donated in their community. The students got to exercise their critical thinking skills when deciding how to get the most for their money, staying within a budget, what items were a good sale, math skills to determine best pricing, and understanding weights and measures.

During the trip, the children also learned the value of money as they shop for these items and took joy in doing something special for others in need during this holiday season. Each team of 4 to 5 students was assisted by a couple of volunteer parents and, armed with mini shopping carts, worked their way up and down the isles completing their check list. Each team checked-out their groceries and headed for the bus back to school. Thank you principal Vito D’Elia for donating the cost of the bus for the trip to the market.

Thank you class moms Lupita Verola and Susan Abrescia for helping to organize this event.  A big thank you to class parents for taking time out from their busy day to help reinforce a great learning experience, as well as the spirit of community giving in such a meaningful way. 

A special thank you to Best Yet Store Manager Mr. John Romanelli for providing such a wonderful experience for our students, and for donating Best Yet gift cards to include in each Thanksgiving basket. 

Best Shopping Experience Ever!