Business is Booming at Business Adventure

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Isabelle Aboaf writes, You have probably never seen anything like it.

You have probably never seen anything like it. Imagine walking into a normal school cafeteria, and all around you, you see businesses selling away products that are fit for a king. This happened at my school just a week ago. Nothing like it have I ever seen before.The first time I walked into Business Adventure was in Kindergarten. I remember walking in, curious to see what the sale had to offer. Immediately, I was taken aback. All around me, businesses were selling small trinkets and treats to children from all over the school. I remember walking in, small and innocent, and gazing at everything, trying to put it into perspective.The Assignment Create a business by making a name for it, and creating products to sell on Business Adventure Day. You can create any product you want, but think about supply and demand, and how much kids and adults are willing to pay. Make reasonable prices based on your conscience. Make advertisements advertising your business, and put them up over the school. Bring your completed products on Business Adventure, April 29, and prepare to sell products. Handle money and count it all up. Pay back your parents the money it costs to make your products, and use the profit after to donate to the philanthropy of your choice.What It’s LikeImagine a cafeteria ~ just a little larger than an average sized family room, with booths as small as a lemonade stand to a round kitchen table. Fifth graders are laying out all sorts of products, mostly handmade, on their booth setup. That would include brownies, pom pom buddies, bookmarks, custom flip flops, knitted creations, buttons, jewelry, dog biscuits, basketballs, potholders, mothers day gifts, and face painting. When the first rush of students fills in through the cafeteria doors, everybody stands ready at their booths for the first kid to walk up and say, “What are you selling?”2010 Experiences Now that you have been filled in on the ambiance of the setup, let me share with you what my classmates think of the whole thing.Grace S., of Englewood, Colorado, says, ” Business Adventure was a class project like no other! Our class put together a great sale that made a lot of money towards some amazing causes. We had a fantastic time making and selling our products, as well as learning all about running our own businesses while handling real customers and money. We had a stupendous time and learned so much in the process!” Grace, one of my good friends, was one of the top sellers in the whole class.In addition, I spoke to my friend Allyson, about her thoughts on Business Adventure. Here’s all she has to say: Allyson W., of Englewood, Colorado, says, “Business isn’t always what you expect.”Gail S., of Englewood, Colorado, would like to say, “Business Adventure was very hard work, but with perseverance and the right tools, I was able to run a successful store. My favorite part of Business Adventure was selling my products to the whole school. It was definitely a thrill that i will never forget. I am also happy that we also donated our money to causes from helping children with diseases to helping Haiti survive its destruction.” Gail also feels that putting in that 100% effort really helped a lot.Several other friends gave me some very nice quotes, and I think they are vital to this story to include. Below are several children’s opinions:Brooke S., of Greenwood village, Colorado, says, “The sale was a great learning experience. I am now more conscientious about business and profit. I had a blast and would do it again in the future!”Deanna A., of Englewood, Colorado, says, “I was feeling excited and nervous at the same time. I didn’t know if I was going to make a profit, andIdidn’t know if the school would like my products.””The Business Adventure was a great experience, I learned about supply and demand, making a profit and so much more. Just the whole experience was amazing and I was surprised on how much we made,” Jenny Z., of Englewood, Colorado, declares.From a Teacher’s Point of View My teacher is probably the one who worked the hardest on this project. My GT (Gifted Talented) teacher, Sue Ann Burger, has been doing this for several years, in different schools. Cottonwood Creek Elementary is currently the school she is teaching at. Mrs. Burger wanted to point this out: ” I am so thrilled that these 16 students were able to find such success in their first businesses. To collectively earn $2487.61 in just three hours is truly remarkable. This just proves that the Cottonwood community has a heart for giving. The students not only learned about economics, supply and demand, and the rewards for hard work. They also discovered what it feels like to be able to generously give to their avorite philanthropies. These kids have a deep desire to make a difference in the world.The challenge is in getting the students to realize that they are capable of running their own businesses. At first this concept seems intimidating to them. Once they embrace it and start to believe they can achieve great things, I love to just sit back and watch the classroom hum with enthusiasm and excitement as my students prepare for their business openings. My favorite part is about an hour into the sale. The students have made some sales, they’ve learned to engage the customer, and they have overcome their jitters. The rest of the school is buzzing about my students’ products, and the energy throughout the school is just electric. Everyone wants to buy these handmade items, and so many are eager to donate money to our selected charities, as well. What a gratifying experience!”Mrs. Burger also pointed out in her quote that overall, the 16 students in my class raised….. $2,487.61!! All of this money is going to philantrhopies all over the world. This includes UNICEF, WATER4, Red Cross for Haiti, Samaritan’s Purse, Dumb Friends League, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, American Breast Cancer Foundation, etc. All of the kids in my class chose a philanthropy and donated all their profit to it.We had profits all the way from the $80 range to the $300 range. Wow!All in all, in my perspective, Business Adventure was a BLAST. I learned so much about running a business, risk taking, creating prices, supply and demand, profits, net profits, expenses, and most of all, I had…fun.I hope this article taught you something. It inspired me from the very roots of the project. After all, look at one a couple 10 and 11 year old kids did for the benefit of others!