5th Graders Learn Working Skills During Fundraiser

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-Fifth grade students from Pear Park Elementary ditched the classroom Thursday, to join the food service industry.

80 students worked as servers, hosts, and bussers at Texas Road House to raise money for their annual camping trip to Camp Cedaredge.

Students were busy taking orders, delivering food, seating costumers and cleaning tables.

Patrons bought tickets from students for $10, with a portion going to Texas Road House and the remainder benefiting the school camping trip in May.

Students say they're excited for their camping trip, and although they weren't in the classroom, they still learned valuable lessons.

"It's a good field trip, but a working experience. It teaches you how to be polite and respectful to people and how to act in a real job," said Taylyn Longshore, Pear Park 5th grader.

"I haven't like camped in a cabin or anything, plus I haven't gone camping without my family there. So I think that it's going to be a really good experience," Bristol Durham, Pear Park 5th grader.

Organizers say close to $6,750 were raised during Thursday's event.


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