In the past, Town School has had a wonderful club called Kiva Council that helps our community re-lend the money we have earned over the years. However, a new schedule and less access to 7th and 8th graders made this nearly impossible this year. I struggled with how to deal with this issue for many months, feeling bad about the $1200 sitting in our account, and even worse the following month as more money was deposited. With so many worthy borrowers on Kiva, we needed to come up with a plan.
The 2nd graders were eager to buy our product and eager to learn about Kiva. Part of their curriculum in 2nd grade is Change Makers and this seemed like a natural connection. So I visited the 2nd graders this Monday and taught them a little about Kiva and our school's connection to the non - profit. Concepts covered briefly were:
Needs vs Wants
Access to Money
6th Grade Businesses and their purpose
But the real fun wasn't in the meeting I had with these boys, but rather in the subsequent activity planned with the 6th graders and 2nd graders. The 6th graders visited the 2nd grade classroom, created small groups and shared their knowledge with the 2nd graders. Then, they made loans. Watching them work together, connect with borrowers and make hard decisions, was amazing. Here is the form we used:)
Here is how some 6th graders described the experience: