• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Fourth-grade entrepreneurs learn about selling, giving back

Fourth-graders were getting low on inventory by the second morning of the Entrepreneur Fair at Southside Elementary School last Friday. Addie Bryant, 9, sold her last three reindeer candy cane ornaments before lunchtime. “I liked … being able to make stuff for people and selling it to them…,” she said.

Aspen Lyons, who helped Addie market her ornaments after she sold out of her rainbow bracelets, said, “I just know that a lot of people like bracelets and when I was wearing them I got a lot of comments,” asking her, “Can you make me one of those?”

Proceeds from sales at the Entrepreneur Fair are being donated to the American Diabetes Association, which will help the fourth-graders understand the value of doing good things for others, said teacher Sheri Logan.

“We want them to put other people ahead of themselves sometimes. And this is a great way to do that,” she said.

Students came up with a business proposal for a product they wanted to make and received up to a $20 loan from their parents to cover production costs, according to Logan.

She pointed out that several students gave away candy as an incentive for potential customers to make a purchase at their shop, “which again is all part of learning how business works – there’s always a deal somewhere.”

Besides learning business practices and economic concepts, Logan said the 100 fourth-grade students read two novels related to what they learned and they’ll write a paper about their Entrepreneur Fair experience.

Proceeds from sales at the Entrepreneur Fair (over $3,700) are being donated to the American Diabetes Association, which will help the fourth-graders understand the value of doing good things for others, said teacher Sheri Logan.

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