A profitable education
Londonderry students get down to business
Fifth-grader Alexa Calligandes chats with customers during North School's Business Fair on Thursday. april guilmet
On Thursday, all 107 of the school's fifth-graders had a hands-on lesson in economics during the daylong Business Fair.
Parents, teachers and fellow students milled about the aisles, scooping up last-minute stocking stuffers.
"It's been something we've done for at least 20 years, probably for longer," Coltin said as she made her way past a display of student-made Christmas ornaments.
The goal is one of simple economics: to make a profit after spending on supplies and advertising.
Jacob Pinelle and Ryan Wells created some truly unique wallets using colorful duct tape.
Working the crowd at a nearby booth, classmates Andrew Johnson and Matt Griffin were enjoying similar success.
By early afternoon the duo of young tycoons were trying out their best sales pitches to unload the last 10 doorstops they'd made out of bricks and festive fabric swatches.
"I was pretty cleaned out by noon," she said, noting that the festive earrings and charm bracelets she made proved popular with students and teachers alike.
A self-professed "huge animal lover," Sarah Girardin decided to donate the proceeds from her booth's sales to the Nashua Humane Society.
Girardin said her fuzzy pom-pom puppies and kittens, which sold for $3 each and came with official "adoption papers" had sold out early.
Madison Walden said she decided to use her business to battle breast cancer in honor of her friend Riley Anderson, who lost her grandmother to the disease.Sales of her $2 bungee-cord bracelets and key chains certainly added up — by days end the girls had raised hundreds of dollars."It just makes you feel good," Walden said.
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