Vail Christian students gain money, experience at Entrepreneur Day
More than 200 customers peruse the shopping mall in the Vail Christian Academy auditorium
EDWARDS — The business world is full of lessons, a group of local elementary school students learned.
Vail Christian Academy’s annual Entrepreneur Day taught students the basics of the free enterprise system, including some business acumen. Among the lessons:
Logistics matter: Keep the dog petting and hugging stations away from the chicks and duckling petting zoo.
Volume matters: You don’t need to sell one thing for a bunch of money. It’s more practical to sell a bunch of things for a little money.
Energy matters: Golf balls have a mind of their own when they’re whacked at an indoor driving range.
Prizes matter: A stomp-on-the-balloons booth offered stuffed animals. Break the balloon. Win a prize.
Joyful noise of barter, banter
Amid the joyful noise of children bartering and bantering, a middle-school duo mixed trendy music and conducted live broadcast interviews, and more than 200 customers strolled the shopping mall in the Vail Christian Academy auditorium.
To participate, Vail Christian students submitted a business plan, created their store, opened for business and tracked their sales.
Three sixth-grade girls were the top sellers — Lily Greshko, Alden Wyatt and Brodie Smith. Their team netted $185 selling snow cones for $1 each. Second-grader Jay Holton set-up a small arcade with Galaga and PacMan, and sold more than 300 game plays.
Students opened three dozen storefronts, featuring entrepreneurial ideas with 57 students ranging from kindergarten through eighth-graders selling items and services they dreamed up.
Homemade snowglobes, hand-sewn swag bags and items crafted out of paracord sold swiftly. The students set up a food court that featured five types of hot foods, as well as a chocolate cake bakery, hot chocolate extravaganza and make-your-own candied apples. One student created $2 mystery bags, filled with surprise items and labeled according to age range. A kindergartner sold wood-burned crafts, a first grader made scripture rocks, and twin fourth graders gave golf lessons – their dad is a local golf pro. Spin To Win activities were also popular.
A pair of fourth-graders ran a Beauty Dry Bar. Two sixth-graders operated a Hairport. Both salons had a constant long line of teenage boys getting their hair and nails done.
Prinzhorn launched Grannies in the Bush 17 years ago. It’s now EduTek, a Colorado-based nonprofit.