Students' business-sense helps others
Education: Community pitches in for learning, charitable project
Wednesday, Jan 03, 2018 06:00 am
Sometimes business can be a gamble.
Foothills Composite Business 10 students rolled the dice for a pre-Christmas project and the school community at large won.
“They learned about not-for-profit businesses and how they run,” said Business 10 teacher Gina Kilbreath. “The students used all of the curriculum to create business ventures in order to give back.”
The students created and completed business ventures to raise funds for six hampers for families in the Foothills Comp school community.
The families were anonymously chosen by school staff.
“It’s nice that it is going to somebody in our school community and helping out people around us,” said Business 10 student Alexandra Labbe.
The Christmas baskets were worth approximately $400 each. They were filled with gift cards, assorted treats and a student’s knitting work was included.
Evan Thompson-Cory and fellow students chose to do an old hockey-football standard to raise funds – the 50/50 draw.
“We had a business plan of what we wanted to do and then we did a timeline,” Thompson-Cory said. “But, we weren’t allowed to do it.”
As a result, he and business partners, fellow students Ashlyn Smith and Alexandra Labbe, opted to build and sell jewelry.
“We went to talk to a whole different group of people to see if there was a way to get around the problem of gambling,” Smith said. “That didn’t’ quite work, so we had to find a new way to promote our new project, which was selling earrings.”
The group members were able to get things done. Although they didn’t contribute as much as other groups to the project, it was a Dragon’s Den-like lesson. They learned about red tape, having to talk to administrators before their project was kyboshed.
“I would say they probably had the best learning experience out of all the groups because things don’t always work out,” Kilbreath said. “You have to be able to take a hard look and realize you have to know when to fold ‘em.”
Liana Greenshields had a sweet idea to raise funds for the project.
“We created a jar of candy and then we charged a dollar a guess for the students to guess how much candy was in there,” Greenshields said.
The group wisely jumped on the holiday season.
“Since it was around Christmas time we made it with a Christmas theme,” Greenshields said. “We had red, white and green candies and decorated the jar.”
They had enough candy to rival the Halloween holiday.
“One-thousand, one-hundred and ninety-six of different candies, M&M’s, gumballs and stuff,” she said.
The raffle was deemed to be different than hosting a 50/50 draw as students were receiving a product rather than money.
The students also wanted to get the Foothills staff involved, which had previously generously donated to business students and other school projects.
Nathan Sager was part of a group that assembled two baskets full of coffee and other items directly intended for staff.
“We sold the raffle tickets for $10 each and the staff got something in return,” Sager said.
The group made a profit of approximately $300.
The Business 10 students also learned about the difficulties non-profit groups such as the food bank, and Rowan House Emergency Shelter, face when attempting to raise funds.
The Foothills students reached out to the Okotoks community for donations, asking for nothing more than to help a worthwhile cause.
Greenshields reached out to the new Okotoks Bow Mark Oilers, who made a donation to the project. Businesses that helped out included Telus, Cobs Breads, Freshii Okotoks and On Tap, among others.
“This feels good for all for us, but I feel the best part is being part of such a strong community that is willing to help out and contribute to our school,” Kilbreath said.