News

Port Guichon Students Start Small Business and Use Profits to Give Back

June 27, 2016

Port Guichon Students Start Small Business and Use Profits to Give Back

For the past few months, grade seven students at Port Guichon Elementary have been working hard on a small business to help their fellow students stay organized and also give back to kids in need.

In conjunction with a group called Junior Achievement (jabc.ca) the students worked together to create a small business and then evaluate their work as entrepreneurs.

 

“It not only made children happy, but it taught us to work as a team.”

 

Working with Junior Achievement, the students decided to make and sell notebooks with a twist. They painted the covers of notebooks with chalkboard paint so the books had re-writable covers and called their business "Chalk-It". 

“Junior Achievement was a really fun experience and I learnt a lot,” says Marisa, one of the grade seven students. “You definitely can’t [run a business] by yourself. I learned that if you leave out little things or even make little mistakes, it can affect the overall outcome of your business; perhaps whether it was a failure or a success.”

Not satisfied with the just the financial success of Chalk-it, the students also incorporated philanthropy into their business model, and decided to donate half the profits—about $100—to the Make A Wish Foundation.

Says Regan, also in grade seven, “It (Chalk-It) not only made children happy, but it taught us to work as a team.”