In our school students develop economic awareness and entrepreneurial skills in many ways.
One of them is organizing fairs before Easter and Christmas. Students make different things (toys, decorations, cards, pictures etc) which are then sold. The money obtained as a result is used to buy necessary things for our school : books, contest prizes, pens, pencils etc. Sometimes the money is added to help in bigger investments, e.g. the purchase of interactive whiteboards.
Another way is organizing picnics/outdoor parties. Students, parents and teachers organize such a picnic once a year in May/June. Children prepare special performances for that event, they also bake cakes, help to organize things for lotteries (prize draws/tombolas) in order to get money for our school. There are usually many local people at these picnics therefore it is possible to collect more money. The money is spent on the needs of the school : games, sports facilities, organizing school events, prizes etc.
Students also collect used batteries, waste paper and acorns which are then sold. The money is also spent on different needs of students.
We also have a pupils cooperative “Ladybug”. Pupils cooperative “Ladybug” is an organization of students in grades IV-VI carried out by them and acting under the Statute. “Ladybug” in our school has 20 members. The guardian is a teacher.
The shop is open during all breaks in hours. 9.00-13.00. When it is opened in September cooperative members interview students in our school, in order to determine the expectations and the needs of the range of products. “Ladybug” is trying to sell the greatest amount of healthy food such as: dried apples, candy bars-muesli, fruit, mineral water and juice.
The assortment also includes basic school supplies. Members of the cooperative work with great devotion and pleasure. They take care of order and cleanliness, aesthetic exhibition of goods and the update of their prices.
Students working in the school shop develop team working skills, such qualities as honesty, reliability and the sense of duty. They must comply with the principles of service culture.
The school shop is the perfect place in which students have a natural opportunity to improve the efficiency of their accounting skills and the consolidation of certain mathematical concepts. Even younger students can easily enter into the role of a vendor and a customer, which develops their mathematical skills and broadens their experience.
The money achieved as a result of these economic activities is used to purchase prizes for competitions organized at school, to buy book prizes at the end of the school year for sixth grade students, to support charity events like “Noble parcel” (making Christmas parcels for poor families), to support the Clown foundation (the foundation dealing with laughter and play therapy of ill children) or to support events organized at school (e.g. Grandparents’ Day ).
Our Easter fair. We were collecting money to buy a piano for our school.