Student Business Projects
The students are working hard on their business projects. More businesses launched last week to surprisingly strong customer response and solid sales. We are now on a roll with new businesses launching each day. Many projects involve selling treats and drinks before school, during morning and lunch breaks, and after school. Here are the rules for selling food during the sixth grade business math block:
- Be professional: Set fair prices. Respect all customers. Serve each person courteously, and thank them for their business. Clean up they area when you nish, and put away all food and supplies where they belong. Account for all your sales (bookkeeping). Keep your promises, and pay your debts.
- Provide healthy and nutritious foods and drinks. Good options include herbal teas, energy bars and fruit. Foods to avoid include candy, chocolates, cookies, brownies, sodas, potato chips, Cheetos, etc.
- Ensure sanitary conditions. All food sold to the public must be prepared in a commercial kitchen or purchased and sold in the original packages. Some exceptions apply for food that simply needs to be warmed up, such as hot chocolate, coffee, tea, and soup or chili from cans. There is also an exception for baked goods.
- Some items may only be sold to adults (and in some cases middle school students). This includes coffee, black or green tea, hot chocolate, and anything with a large percentage of sugar. Parents are free to purchase such items for their own children if they wish.
- Location, location, location: All businesses must be in the correct business zone for their sales items. If what is being sold is primarily meant for adults, such as coffee and tea, the business must be located just outside the school gate. If everything being sold is appropriate for all grades, the business may have permission to operate within the school grounds, such as under the shade structure.
- Schedule to reduce competition. We will not run our businesses in direct competition with other established fundraisers, such as the weekly burrito and pizza sales. We will try to schedule sixth grade business ventures so that they do not complete too directly with each other. For example, we will try to avoid a situation in which two businesses are selling near identical items at the same time.
- The faculty sets the rules: To keep fundraising appeals to a minimum selling on campus without Charter Council approval is not normally allowed. There is an exception for the Sixth Grade Business Math Block. We must also be sensitive to the needs of the whole school community. The faculty supports sixth grade businesses and hopes each student will succeed, however as these businesses adapt to new opportunities, it may become necessary for the faculty to modify the above rules at any time.