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Rose Park Elementary-Learning Plus "The Kalendar Kidz"
1105 West 1000 North
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
801-578-8277 (801-578-8373 fax)
This program is designed to teach and promote economic self-sufficiency and financial responsibility through the creation and implementation of a student-run business. All aspects of starting and running a business will be experienced. Students will develop a business plan for a business that produces a community calendar with pictures of our school's community as shown from a child's point of view. As with all businesses‚ subjects like accounting‚ marketing‚ production‚ distribution‚ and selling will be learned and practiced. Any profits from the sales will be reinvested into the business with a portion donated to the school. Community business partners and high school students will assist in training and guiding the group of students.
Number of Students Involved in This Activity: 25
Range of Student Ages: Eight to twelve years old
Duration of Activity: Six months to one year
What is the academic content of this activity?
Activities of this student-run business are linked with reading‚ writing‚ and math through their participation in reading and writing a business plan and creating a working budget for the project. Developing critical thinking skills and problem solving are major parts of developing and running a successful business. Students' involvement with their community also promotes service learning‚ sensitivity to diversity‚ and cultural awareness.
How does this activity create strong relationships?
Students will be guided‚ trained‚ and mentored by community business partners‚ high school students‚ teachers‚ school staff‚ and their parents throughout the entire process. They will learn to support one another‚ as well as work with each other in problem solving and overcoming obstacles along the way.
What opportunities are there for authentic decision making?
Although guided and mentored by adults and high school students‚ Rode Park Elementary students will be expected to make all decisions regarding the business‚ i.e.‚ business name‚ how to sell the calendars and to whom‚ product design and materials‚ and when and how often to meet in order to set and meet deadlines.
What student leadership opportunities are there?
These students will set the example for future students who wish to participate in the project. The expectation is that‚ if successful‚ the business could expand its range of products. Creating and running a business requires many aspects of leadership: decision-making‚ entrepreneurship‚ role modeling for each other and other students‚ goal-setting‚ and becoming financially responsible.