A prof­itable way to learn

The Glengarry News - - Student Voice - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

Last year, Emma Lev­ert made about $100 in one day sell­ing magic sand and Rice Krispie cones at Elda-Rouleau School in Alexan­dria. Not bad for a Grade 5 stu­dent. This year, Emma is in Grade 6 and, once again, she spent an en­tire day sell­ing her wares – in this case, pic­ture stands and pizza bombs and the afore­men­tioned magic sand.

It was all part of the school’s third an­nual En­tre­pre­neur­ial Day, which is also an ini­tia­tive of the Con­seil sco­laire de district catholique de l’Est on­tarien.

“It’s a great way to teach stu­dents the skills they’ll need to en­ter so­ci­ety,” ex­plains Chan­tal Ger­ard, the school’s principal. “It teaches them skills like com­mu­ni­ca­tion, prob­lem solv­ing and cre­ativ­ity.”

She adds that it also teaches some im­por­tant lessons about money man­age­ment.

“The stu­dents bor­row money from their par­ents in or­der to make up their projects but then they have to pay their par­ents back,” she says. “Once they do that, they’ll see how much money they made.”

Some of the stu­dents do­nate their prof­its to char­ity and some keep it for them­selves.

Alex­ane Di­caire, also a Grade 6 stu­dent, made $180 last year from sell­ing suck­ers and other small goods. She says her in­vest­ment was min­i­mal – only $25 – as she said the suck­ers are made of su­gar, wa­ter, colour­ing, and flavour.

All Grades 4-6 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the En­tre­pre­neur­ial Day, which took place on Thurs­day, June 13. The gym and hall­ways were filled with booths as stu­dents hawked ev­ery­thing from home­made treats and string art to bird­houses and signs.

Grade 2 stu­dents also par­tic­i­pated as a class.


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