Nanaimo Students Raise Over $2700

McGirr Elementary students, NanaimoJunior Achievement of British Columbia has announced that grade seven students from McGirr Elementary School, 6199 McGirr Road, Nanaimo, have won JA's A Business of Our Own Company of the Year. Team Animals at Large earned over $500 by selling hand made greeting cards that featured photos of their own pets. The group will receive a perpetual trophy and $500 cash that is to be combined with their net earnings and donated to the local SPCA.

Six other classes participated from the following schools in Nanaimo: Quarterway Elementary, McGirr Elementary, Frank J Ney Elementary, and Cilaire Elementary. The total amount of funds raised for local Nanaimo charities by the seven participating classes was over $2,700.00. The winning class was determined by total points awarded: 75 percent based upon judging results from February 21, 2009, and 25 percent from the total profit realized by each class. Special thanks to their teacher Mrs. Mark and to Junior Achievement volunteer advisor Henri van Amerongen of Dare 2beU Academy for helping to facilitate and coach this class of students.

The students, who have been participating in JABC's Business Basics — A Business of Our Own program since the beginning of January, created a retail business and sold their products at a special sales event in February. "Having the students in one location selling their wares showed their commitment to running a company and following a business plan," says JA Program Manager, Charlayne Jones, "The project taught them that a little hard work can bring them huge rewards, including raising money for charity."

Designed for students in grades 6-8, Business Basics - A Business of Our Own takes the traditional summertime lemonade stand to the next level. Delivered over a five week period, by community volunteers, students organize and operate their own retail stand and assess their business performance. By taking on leadership roles within a management team, they discover the importance of individual performance and the value of teamwork as they take a business idea and turn it into a reality.

"When I asked the kids if they would ever do this again..it was a resounding YES! And they would definitely recommend it to other classes", says JA Volunteer Jennifer Dayne, Account Manager at Island Saving Credit Union, "They had a blast and loved every minute of it. It was a great experience and it was sad to say good bye to them at our last class."

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world's largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters world wide, JA brings a diverse global view of business to local communities. Since 1955 Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) has partnered with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Our programs give students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders. For more information, contact Charlayne Jones, Program Manager, Junior Achievement of British Columbia, tel. 250-753-7578.

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