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Lise Martin-Keilty George Street Middle School, Fredericton, NB-- The Grade 8 Social Studies Atlantic Canada curriculum has a unit on Economics and kids have to learn the basics of entrepreneurship. What better way to do that than let them start their own businesses and be young entrepreneurs!! Through the Learning Partnership this has been a very successful unit of study at George Street Middle School that started out small and has developed in quite a successful event! At the start of the unit, our 10 grade 8 classes are paired up with a local entrepreneur. This community member comes to share his/her story with the class. Through this conversation, the students can see how one becomes an entrepreneur. Most entrepreneurs will come again for a few more visits before the big night and talk to the groups and guide the kids. With our 10 classes, we usually have over 60 small groups/businesses.

In class, students follow a very detailed Business Plan, in which they brainstorm ideas, use the decision making process in selecting their venture (it’s not a vote, it’s an informed decision), budget all their purchases (including shipping, taxes, customs, duty!), and apply for a loan. Then, they get their loan approved by their teacher, purchase their supplies and then the fun begins, they make their products! The final product of this learning endeavour is showcased at a Market Place evening held at the school every spring. Families and community members come browse the market and hopefully make purchases. Most students can talk about their process from idea to product without any notes and are quite enthused sharing with all their journey... the ups and the downs. This is deep learning. All proceeds raised from the evening, goes to our sister school in Zambia “The Twitti School”. For the past few

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years, we have raised approximately 5000$ from this evening in which we are presently building a new playground for the school. However, the educational experience is PRICELESS! From the start, students are taught that this process can be rocky. It is not smooth. When the going gets tough, they must push through and persevere. Giving up is not an option. They also must collaborate and work in groups, not an easy task for some students. Working with various personalities can be a challenging thing for most adults and teens learn very quickly that things do not always go their way. These moments are celebrated as teachers guide them through these moments so they can all feel successful.

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