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Family Money

Fundraisers offer kids the opportunity to earn money and practice raising money while teaching important financial life lessons. Participating in fundraisers helps teach kids the art of entrepreneurialism – teaching basic goal setting, budgeting and customer service skills.

My first fundraising opportunity was at age 7 in second grade. I was a Brownie and proudly selling Girl Scout Cookies. This was my first experience with entrepreneurship.

It was 1982. Girls were able to sell door-to-door, customers filled in colorful pre-order forms, money was collected and change was given, and I was responsible for hand-delivering customer orders once I sorted through the hundreds of boxes of cookies in my living room!

I believe this fundraiser had the biggest impact on my memory because I sold the most cookies in my council and received a bumble bee charm for my accomplishment, a charm I proudly display on my charm bracelet to this day.

I also learned responsibility and the importance of a completing a task from taking an order to distribution. I found a smile and positive attitude also earned me "brownie" points in making a sale to help me reach my fundraising goals.

The basic business skills I learned that spring have served me well through life. I continue to take responsibility for the task at hand, make change without a calculator, set realistic goals for myself and continue to give great customer service.

As a parent, I intend to fully participate in my sons' fundraisers and use the opportunities as teachable moments. Parents could use fundraisers as a way to teach financial responsibility, goal setting, basic business skills, even expanding the opportunity to teach budgeting and charitable giving.

Nikki Ducas is a Fredericksburg mom of two boys, a 5-year-old and 2-year-old. She is always thinking about economics and uses her time as teachable moments.

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.