Business is open for a group of LaSalle Springs eighth-grade Academic Stretch students.
They have created their own companies – Just for You and Instant Fidget – to sell handcrafted products to the school community. It's part of a business unit the students have been working through, sponsored by Real World Scholars.
Students Olivia Edwards and Joshua Allyn are among the entrepreneurs.
"I am in the quality control group," said Edwards. "So, when other groups make stress balls and flip chains, they give them to me and Alex and we test them to make sure they pass our standards. They have to feel right and look right. Sometimes we have to trim them, or send them back and get them remade. Then, we package them."
Allyn serves as the accountant. "I file and add everything we order and everything people order from us, as well as keep track of what we need."
"It has been an awesome learning experience for all of us," said teacher Alison Smith. "The kids came up with what products they wanted to sell based on research they did of their target audiences here at LaSalle Springs. I hope they learn real-life business skills."
Students have sold their products during lunchtime, as well as parent-teacher conferences. All profits go to charities.