Cline third graders host store for Ronald McDonald House
The Pony Outpost Store at Cline Elementary has made campus history. This year
the student-run store earned the most money it has made in its eight years of operation,
The money was presented in a check to Robert Flores for the Ronald McDonald
House in Galveston. Flores is the owner/operator of 16 McDonalds restaurants in the
Flores informed the third grade students that it cost a family $100 a month to stay
at the house. Cline raised enough money to allow 35 families a one month stay at the
“Cline students raise more money than some of my adult fundraisers do,” Flores
said. “The Galveston house does not typically get as much funding as the Houston house
and Galveston is very thankful that Cline donates every year to them.”
The director of the Ronald McDonald House has invited the students to come
with their families and tour the Galveston house to see where and how the donation is
The Pony Express Store opens in May at the campus. Third grade students at the
Friendswood ISD elementary create products they think other students would want to
purchase. This is part of a marketing and business venture in an Economics unit of study
in their classes.
Items that have been popular sellers in the past include balloon flip-flops, duct-
tape products, different types of bracelets, bookmarks, tic-tac-toe travel bags, an pet
rocks. All items are priced between 25 cents and $5.
Two new items in the store this year were the most popular; Mystery Box that
would hold a random item such as bouncy ball or other toy and Magic Wallet. When
opened one way it looks like there is dollar in it and when opened the other way no dollar
can be seen.
“Students on both sides enjoy this project. The third grade students say it is one of
the most memorable moments of third grade. Younger students get excited to shop at
the store, see the money donated and know that when they are third graders they will get
to run the store,” Cline Media Specialist Shawna Lewis said.
In the Economics unit, students learn about making quality products as well as
how to price a product.
Several Cline volunteer parents helped in the store with traffic control. All third
grade students participated and were at the assembly when the check was presented.
A Ronald McDonald House is that “home-away-from-home” for families so they
can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost. These programs, tailored to
meet the urgent needs of each community, can now be found in more than 60 countries
and regions across the globe. The Ronald McDonald House that Cline supports is located
at 301 14th St. in Galveston.