The Mansfield High School entrepreneurship students successfully ran a small business selling various homemade items during the fall semester. To learn the process of starting and maintaining a business, students created their own fidgets, ceramic ornaments, flavored lip balms, and scrunchies. They marketed their creations and sold the items in person. After analyzing finances, they donated their proceeds of $500 to the “Jon Jon Strong” campaign in support of a fellow student. Students also made $150 in microloans on Kiva.org to aspiring entrepreneurs in Kenya, Ecuador, and Honduras.
Since the inception of this “small business” project, students have donated $9,954 to local causes, and made microloans to aspiring entrepreneurs in twenty countries. The project was originally funded by a grant awarded from the Mansfield Education Foundation to increase classroom innovation and authentic learning experiences. Students are expected to reach a milestone of $10,000 in total charitable giving in the upcoming semester.
This was also posted on the Mansfield Patch.