When the Grade Two Class at Captain R. Wilson Public School decided (on their own) that they wanted to start a business guess who they called? Hurrah!
The student who was brave enough to make the first phone call, Lucas, also met me at the front door of the school, helped me sign in, and escorted me to Miss Elmer’s Grade Two Class where I met Max and J.J.. I haven’t met the 4th student, Tyedel, but I’ve seen his work. Amazing. Teaching Assistants Miss Thompson and Miss Erhardt also participated in our strategy session!
These very bright boys named the business, chose a logo, and then went on to design, create and produce packages of 4 greeting cards that they’re selling for $5. All the proceeds are being donated to two Oakville charities. Is your heart melting yet?
Caring Cards by Kids
A business for seven year olds? Definitely. Here’s what they’ve learned so far:
- It’s always best to test and measure. They created “test” cards using different mediums, then took pictures to decide which ones would reproduce best.
- Brainstorming and working together is fun. Listening to each other helps us think of new ideas.
- The sky’s the limit. There are no “no ways” in brainstorming. Every idea is measured for practicality and feasibility later.
- Just because someone we ask to buy cards says “no” doesn’t mean it’s a terrible thing. It’s nothing personal. They just don’t need cards.
- Break all the work down into departments and chunks, like design, accounting, production, sales, public relations, etc.
- It’s okay to ask for help. The older students offered to help the boys build a lemonade stand for card sales; a TD Bank representative taught the class about debits and credits; they presented a video to the Parent Council asking for seed money.
- Learning is fun. In addition to many other things, they wow’d me by counting by 5’s (as in $5), printing scripts and doing public announcements.
- Enthusiasm is contagious. When we’re excited and passionate about something, other people can’t help but join in. It feels good.
- Everyone is smart. Everyone is creative. You can accomplish anything you want!
The selling of cards started yesterday.
I’ve offered the class an incentive. If they sell all 100 packages of cards, I will buy them lunch – and dessert.
If you’d like to buy cards to support these amazing entrepreneurs, let me know. I’ll be seeing the class again on Monday, April 10th. That’s when they’ll be presenting their business to Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton. Hopefully SNAPD and the Oakville Beaver will be there for photo opps.
When is the right time to pursue a business ideas and reach out for help? Any time!