The Estevan Comprehensive School's (ECS) Entrepreneurship 30 class captured an award at the southern Saskatchewan awards night for the Junior Achievement program on June 5.
Students claimed the teamwork award, which goes to a project that overcomes early adversity to accomplish a common goal of running a solid business, according to ECS teacher Josh LeBlanc.
“There were some challenges going on with what they had to get done,” said LeBlanc. “A lot of the challenges were just learning curves.
“A lot of people were doubling up on jobs. There were some people who were having a hard time getting the prices and getting some of their stuff done, so we could know where we were at. But in the end, it pulled together, and they got it done and they figured it out.”
LeBlanc said he serves as more of a facilitator than a teacher for the class, as he has to observe, and give direction and guidance.
Entrepreneurship 30 had 13 students for most of the semester, and they teamed up to form a business named Bodacious Baskets.
“What they decided to do was make a bunch of different gift baskets for five different seasons,” said LeBlanc. “They did Easter, Administrative Professionals Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day, and they're also doing a graduation basket.”
Baskets included spa and coffee themes for Mother's Day; golf, football and food and beverage-themed baskets for Father's Day; and memorabilia for graduation.
Sales have been fairly strong. The goal was to sell 250 baskets for each of the five occasions. Students eclipsed their objective for Mother's Day and Easter, and hit 168 for Administrative Professionals Day. They're currently working on Father's Day and graduation.
LeBlanc said this year's crop of students selected a project that they could do in the classroom; previous groups have had to rent a facility to create their products. But they still put in a lot of time after school.
“The thing that I love best about this class is the fact that kids are now understanding why businesses do what they do, and why employers make the decisions that they make, and why it's so important that employees show up for work,” said LeBlanc.
There were a lot of strong entries at the southern conference this year, LeBlanc said. Junior Achievement has a lot of great projects for entrepreneurship education, and each year, more schools and more students are involved.