Holly Elementary student Sara Foubert shows off her exotic rock animals.

Elementary entrepreneurs

Surrey students showcase their business skills at Holly Elementary.

The entrepreneurial spirit was alive and well at Holly Elementary last Thursday afternoon as dozens of students actively marketed their home-made creations.

For the last two years, Grade 6 students at the school have taken part in a program to develop and market products for sale through a initiative called Powerplay Young Entrepreneurs.

Over a six-week period, the students learn how to create a business plan, then produce a product for sale along with marketing materials used to attract prospective buyers. The program that has been operating in nearly 15 Surrey schools for the past 10 years.

Holding a basket filled with her hand-crafted exotic rock animals, Sara Foubert can’t contain her excitement.

“Creating a new business was pretty cool,” she said.

Classmate Ayaan Musse bought various books for a dollar from a number of library book sales, and cut out the centres to create small “safes” that look like books. They give people a place to hide their valuables such as iPods and cellphones. Her product was so popular, it was sold out before noon.

Principal Steve Redding is a strong supporter of the program.

“Often students learn in different ways, but to see them succeed is such a thrill,” he said.

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