The Times West Virginian

November 20, 2012

Barrackville students put entrepreneurial skills to work

By Nicole Lemal
Times West Virginian

BARRACKVILLE — Before Barrackville Elementary/Middle School first-graders were sent home for Thanksgiving break, they were treated to their own special feast last Thursday afternoon.

In their respective classrooms, students learned about the first Thanksgiving and the importance of giving as well as being thankful for their blessings prior to the feast. A tradition for nearly 20 years, the feast featured stuffing, gravy, corn, turkey and plenty of pumpkin pie and was a reward for the students performing their own skit.

“I think they all had a good time,” Lori Durbin said. “There was much excitement and everyone had big appetites.”

Meanwhile, second-grade students were entrepreneurs inside one of the classrooms. “Storybook House,” the students’ business, had approximately 1,000 books for sale thanks to teachers, students and community members. Most books were no more than $2, yet the students managed to raise $170.14.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

“It makes them think they can run a business someday,” Shelia Toth said. “It’s just amazing to see how excited they are.”

Students had different roles, including store manager, clerk and greeter. Acting as the store manager, Katlyn VanGilder said she enjoyed it for one reason.

“You can actually walk around and tell people what to do,” she said.

As the store clerk, Paris Thomas was responsible for making bookmarks. In the middle of the afternoon, she had to create more because they ran out. Bookmarks were awarded to students who listened to a story in one of several stations.


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