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Students showcase their entrepreneurial spirit
Students showcase their entrepreneurial spirit

Students at Mintonye Elementary School put their hearts into the Classroom Business Enterprise program through Purdue University. Third grade students in Barb Tilley's classroom worked together to plan, produce and sell five heart-themed products for Valentine's Day: ribbon bookmarks, clay hearts, candy grams, heart-shaped crayons and origami folds. The products were earth-friendly and made from recycled, reused or repurposed materials. The store was open for three days and candy grams were delivered for Valentine's Day.

When pay day arrived, Tilley says the students decided to save seed money for next year's class and donated $200 to Natalie's Second Chance Dog Rescue.

"My students are learning to recognize and define problems in their daily environment, strategically develop solutions to them and work cooperatively as a team to make meaningful decisions and bring their ideas to life." says Tilley.

Student Sydney Galinowski enjoyed their business having a heart theme. "Mrs. Tilley always talks about happy hearts. I think more people had a happy heart because of our store and our donations."

"It was really fun and we learned a lot," says classmate Kamryn Klinker. "The best part was earning money and using it to help others."

"I loved it when the dogs from Natalie's Second Chance came to our room and everyone got a chance to actually put cash in the donation box," adds student Violet Reksel.

Tilley and her students participated in the Classroom Business Enterprise Showcase at Purdue April 10. The group displayed their classroom business to advisory board members and faculty who stopped by to talk to the young entrepreneurs.