A lack of funding and a traditional classroom setting aren't preventing Randolph Education Association (Morris County) members Debreen Oliva, Maryella Carlucci, Robert Garay, John Rittweger, and Karen GaNung from meeting their students? ever-expanding needs. Thanks to their creativity, and a $1,340 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, three hundred eighty-five 8th grade students will enjoy a hands-on learning experience that the traditional classroom setting cannot always provide.
K.I.D.S. Incorporated (Kids Inter-Disciplinary Study) provides an interdisciplinary approach coordinating the efforts of the foods class with those of the technology, consumer economics, sewing, and music classes. This six-week program allows students to take part in a student-run company where they work together to produce and market a snack food product.
Student teams (Snack Shop) of four to five students begin with a marketing survey to choose a snack food. Tech Productions (technology class) is consulted to develop a logo and package, as well as develop a product-recognition plan. Students consult the Consumer Ec. Ad Agency (consumer economics class) which, in addition to creating posters, subcontracts the task of writing and performing a jingle to the Music Makers (music class). Pennants Unlimited (sewing class) creates a pennant for the company.
On Company Day the Snack Shop opens for business. Customers (students) present a token to redeem their snack food item. At the conclusion of the project, students count their money, write checks to pay their debt, calculate profits, review exit surveys, and complete group and individual evaluations.
This project gives students an introduction to owning and operating a business, provides a school-to-work experience; enhances skills in cooperation, compromise, decision-making, and problem solving.
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