Carbondale students secure $25,000 for C4K |

Carbondale students secure $25,000 for C4K

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Left to Right: Matt Patterson, Marcos Irigoyen Kenya Pinela, Louis Guinto, Kenia Reyna, Sharlene Salinas, Landin Bailey, Kirsten McDaniel, Sheija Binshabin.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – When Betsy Bashant asked some of her eighth-grade students at Carbondale Middle School to solve a problem, she got a little more than she expected.The problem she posed to her students was: Should the new facility housing the Partnering For Success (PFS) Program of Computers for Kids (C4K), have a game room? And if so, what type of profit could C4K expect to make to support the free resources in the PFS Center for Kids?Bashant, an Algebra teacher at CMS, put together a team of eighth-graders charged with solving the problem for C4K, and their hard work helped C4K secure $25,000 in funding from the Manaus Fund to open the game room this fall, according to C4K executive director Kirsten Petre McDaniel.”It wasn’t until the kids had done the project when we knew that this would actually work,” McDaniel said. “It was really an analysis of if we could really make it a go, and the kids did a great job.”The project was designed for students to figure out if C4K were to open a game room, just how much money the nonprofit foundation could generate from it. Students completed marketing research to determine factors such as pricing and demand and hours of operation. They also evaluated more than 640 games and priced out equipment needed for the game room. After considering these and other costs associated with start-up, the team’s analysis and recommendation was for C4K to open the game room.”The game room will be a self-standing profit center for C4K,” McDaniel said.The money generated from the games will go back to the C4K Foundation and help with several aspects of children’s learning, such as providing more students with a laptop computer.The game room will be located at the Partnering For Success Center in the old Carbondale Middle School, which is scheduled to open around Oct. 1. C4K will receive the funds in June as start-up capital for games and modifications to the game room.Students involved in the project presented their work and recommendations to C4K on Tuesday at the media center at CMS.Partnering For Success is a program of C4K Foundation, a local nonprofit helping provide students with computers, that challenges students through experiences of solving problems for real customers in the community, just like the game room problem.Contact John Gardner: 384-9114jgardner@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

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