Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Out with a bang!

2017 is Bilal's third year doing GaTE marketplace, the fundraiser for Trussville City Schools' Gifted and Talented Education program. And by now, he's a pro. In third grade his waffle business turned a $77 profit for the program, but was a lot of hard work (especially for the moms). The fourth grade guitar pick jewelry was a lot less work during the day of Marketplace, but the $68 profit (after donating the cost of supplies) was a little more modest. This year's product was a bit of a hybrid, some at-home prep and on-site cooking. But quite a successful one. We again capitalized on the human olfactory sense, and it didn't fail us. The business, called 'Wacky Wings', was another hit!  This is one of the ads posted as we entered the lunchroom, where the businesses were set up.

Bilal worked in a partnership with two other classmates, selling chicken wings. The wings were baked at home and transported to the school, along with an induction hotplate, serving supplies, and three different types of sauces: honey barbecue, honey mustard and teriyaki.

Here are the business owners, just before the customers started lining up:

Each sauce was heated in a separate pot, and the wings were tossed in the heated up sauce before being served to the customers. The moms were able to stand behind, while the boys got to work, with minimal supervision.

As soon as the honey barbecue sauce aroma started wafting through the lunchroom, the customers started lining up. Less than one hour later, (including a bidding war for the last two chicken wings, which resulted in them selling for $4 each instead of $1 each), the wings were sold out, with a $82.75 profit to show for it.

So Bilal's third, and final, marketplace came to an end in a good way. Next up, preparing for middle school!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Growing fast, but holding on

So sweet that my ten year old still asks me to come to school to eat lunch with him. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I plan to enjoy it while I can. I met this guy for Valentine's Day lunch today:

Bilal will be headed to middle school next year, and I'm pretty sure parents don't typically show up for lunch with their child in sixth grade or above. So I don't have many more opportunities left. I will certainly be back before the end of the school year!

Next week is curriculum night at the middle school, the first step towards the transition to a new school. It seems hard to believe that, effective June 2017, I will no longer have a child left in elementary school. Despite the adversities we have faced with his health (open heart surgery at two months of age, followed by two surgeries to treat his chronic sinusitis, and dealing with his asthma), it seems as if the years have flown by. Each milestone is bittersweet; losing my baby, but gaining a respectful, maturing young man as a son instead.

Love you sweet baby boy!

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