Economics lesson benefits Reimagine Project

Krystle Wagner • Mar 22, 2018 at 3:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Peach Plains Elementary School third-graders put on their business hats Tuesday.

The students held the school’s annual Market Day as a culmination of the lessons they learned in economics. The kids developed their own businesses and products, and marketed them.

The third-graders are using their entrepreneur endeavors to impact the Reimagine Project. They hope to have enough profits to buy a fence picket for each third-grade class. The pickets will be part of the fence that will surround the new play space at Mulligan’s Hollow. One fence picket costs $100.

Students will know the total amount they raised later this week. Last year, the students raised almost $600 for the Save the Catwalk campaign.

In the fall, more than 100 local students helped design the new inclusive play space for all ages and abilities. Designers from Leathers & Associates used the students’ designs to create the final design.

The project is estimated to cost about $500,000. Volunteers are expected to build the new play space in the fall.

Skylar Wysong, 9, said she’s hopeful they are able to raise enough funds to reach their goal. Wysong, 9, and her partner, Ava Steury, took ordinary hair ties into the next level by adding their own fabric bows. Wysong said they thought it would be a unique business.

On Tuesday afternoon, the third-graders sold their products — pet rocks, origami, bookmarks, stress balls, wands and more.

Cooper Start, 9, created “Glitter Bombs” with hot water, beads, sequins, food coloring and glitter glue. He said he selected his business because he thought it was creative. After spending five days making the “Glitter Bombs,” Start said he felt good knowing that he had a product to sell.

Through Market Day, Wysong said she learned that raising money isn’t only about making a profit.

“When you donate, it feels good,” she said.

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