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Fifth-graders gain business experience with Market Day

Krystle Wagner • Apr 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM

A final rush of customers flooded into Grand Haven Christian Schools’ gymnasium Friday afternoon.

While some businesses sold out earlier in the day, remaining business owners made a last push to sell their remaining products during the school’s Market Day.

Through the economics lesson, GHCS fifth-graders created their own businesses and received grants from Fifth Third Bank to help launch their business endeavors.

Students voted for the Market Day proceeds to help Brady Sidlauskas’ younger brother, Ethan, participate in an intensive physical therapy program.

Throughout Friday, the students sold cookies, popcorn, stress balls, bookmarks and more.

The Guppy Puppies business sold out of guppies early, and had more brought in three times to keep up with demand.

“They actually sold insanely good,” said Bjorn Warp, who helped run the business for his classmate, who was out sick.

Warp also ran his own business called My Marvelous Mini-Planes, which he created out of clothespins and popsicle sticks. Warp said he adjusted the prices throughout the day to attract new customers for his picture holders shaped as airplanes.

In preparation for more customers, Ava Powell and Ava Meiste filled plastic cups with ice cream, so they only needed to add pop for their root beer floats.

In addition to selling the treats at Market Day, Powell and Meiste also set up shop during the school’s musical. That venture raised $170.

Meiste said one of the challenges was learning to anticipate how much supply they needed.

“It’s harder than it looks to be a business owner,” Powell said.

While waiting for more customers, fifth-grader Cameron Pease arranged Hot Wheels cars. Pease and Brady Sidlauskas worked together for Cam’s & Brady’s Hot Wheels.

Sidlauskas said that although it was challenging to run a business, he’s excited because the proceeds will go toward helping his brother learn how to walk and talk.

“I’m happy about that,” he said.

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