“Lovely,” Brodie replies as he hands over the resized bracelet to his customer and collects payment.
Sales are going well and Brodie is quite excited that his first attempt at running his own business has been successful. Most of the vendors at this business fair are first time entrepreneurs, and it is no surprise why – they are only in elementary school. This school year, Jarvis Traditional Elementary decided to take part in the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program.
At Jarvis Traditional, two classes took part in the program – Mr. Miller’s grade 3/4 class and Mrs. Palmer’s supportive learning class. Under the guidance of their teachers, students designed a wide variety of products ranging from jewelry to magnets, pencils and bookmarks. The culmination of the program was an entrepreneurial fair held for the entire school community where the young entrepreneurs sold their goods. All of the students are donating 10 per cent of their profits to charities of their choice. Some of the charities being supported by the Jarvis students include the BC SPCA, Canucks Autism Network, BC Children’s Hospital, and War Amps.
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