A profitable way to learn
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.