Brandon elementary students had a chance to work off some pre-Easter energy by hopping like bunnies through a jump house Thursday. It all has to do with some inspired inflation multiplying a $5 gift into a hundreds of dollars for sick children.
An anonymous donation has turned into a springboard to pay it forward at Fred Assam Elementary.
"I've got a good feeling. I feel really happy," fifth grader Paige Rist said.
Someone gave each Fred Assam fifth grader $5 just to see how they'd spend the money. The donation totaled $345. But some of the students decided to pool their money to stretch the amount even further. So they charged other students $3 each to maneuver through this inflatable obstacle course.
"Because kids love bouncy houses," fifth grader Kennedy Nuebel said.
The students will donate money made through the bounce house to Sanford Children's Hospital.
"I think we just thought it was a kind of nice thing to do for the hospital. There's a lot of people that we know that have been in there," Paige said.
The bounce house is a kind of financial leap of faith. The girls had to convince their classmates to give the $5 they had in hand to the project. They even used a power-point presentation to make their case.
"And we made a power point about all the things that we would do when we had the money and that's our idea," Paige said.
A lot of other students jumped on board the idea by spending nearly $1,500 for a jaunt through the inflatables. A lesson in how students working together can perform an act of kindness that grows by leaps and bounds.
"It makes me feel like I did something to make kids happy. When I was watching, monitoring, they were all smiling and jumping around," Kennedy said.
Carolan Rental of Sioux Falls gave the students discounts on the inflatables.
The fifth graders also learned about economics, by studying just how much they can buy with $5.