In the large group instruction room at Whiteland Community High School, economics students showcased and sold baked goods, artwork and store-bought items to a crowd of their peers.
In addition to surveying other students to see what prices would best suit their items while allowing some profit, students in Casey Moeller’s economics course encouraged sales in various ways. The class project has become a school tradition, but has come with additional challenges amid inflation.
With some students facing economic hardship, Moeller said she was able to help students overcome these challenges, pairing them with other students or allowing them to bring school items to school. sell, such as things they made during ceramics classes.
“I think their costs have gone up like most business costs,” she said. “Someone didn’t have a blender and we found a teacher with a blender. They still have to experience things.
Halle Nett decided to sell rolls donated by Texas Roadhouse, paired with cinnamon butter and the promise of a raffle ticket for each purchaser, with the winner receiving a $25 gift card to the restaurant. The gift card serves as a way to give the donated rolls back to the restaurant, Nett said.
The semester-long course, which is compulsory for seniors, helps students learn about entrepreneurship and money management, she said.
“It teaches you more about the world and what to expect,” Nett said. “I learned a lot about running a business and managing your money and time, as well as different aspects of economics.”
Erin Hollingsworth, paired cartoon characters from video games and movies with similar stickers to create a set students could save on if they wanted more than one piece of art, she said.
“I sell them to publicize my own art,” Hollingsworth said. “I was able to copy them and print them. I started drawing when I was really very young. I think I started drawing when I could hold a pencil for the first time.
Other students paired two unrelated items to appeal to a wider range of potential consumers. Such was the case with Darpesh Kaur and Sunny Schulz, with their Chips and Charms table, where Kaur sold bags of chips and Schulz sold her handmade braided charm bracelets.
“I got into this, it was a summer interest and I saw a lot of videos and said ‘this looks so fun’. Crochet or embroidery is really fun to do and a really cool hobby,” Schulz said.
With all grade levels coming to buy the products, some students have ideas of what they want to sell in the first grade, Moeller said.
“The biggest thing it offers is a connection to the real world,” she said. “The supply and demand for education can be a little dry, but if you relate it to something they are about to experience or have experienced, it’s easy to understand. They have all had these experiences before. It’s competitive for kids and it’s a fun experience. It’s not for everyone, and that’s okay, but it does provide an opportunity to connect what we teach to the real world for kids.