Minden Elementary has a store, kids learn about economics
Thanks to a grant from the Douglas County Education Foundation, students in Dawn Caldwell-Rothfusz’s 6th grade class at Minden Elementary School are learning about economics – by running their own store.
The project is known as Minden Elementary School Store, or MESS for short.
The students are in charge of ordering, stocking and pricing inventory. They decided on the ways they will market, sell and advertise their merchandise, said the teacher.
“Students have learned that problem-solving skills are a must,” Caldwell-Rothfusz said. “After much discussion, the students decided to incorporate a punch-card system that would eliminate customers having to worry about carrying money around with them.”
After filing out job applications, the students were hired for the various jobs at the store. Each student in the class will be a manager at some point during the school year, Caldwell-Rothfusz said.
The children are selling school supplies. The MES store is open in the students’ classroom Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30-8:50 a.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:30-10:50 a.m.
According to Caldwell-Rothfusz, running the school store gives the students real job experience. Many of the school district’s employability and math competencies will be met during the year-long economics unit.
The students will learn many skills that will help them in the working world later in life, she added.
Profits for the store will be spent on books for the school library, computer programs and playground equipment.