Students learn to be young entrepreneurs

You’re never too young to learn about becoming an entrepreneur.

Students in the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien schools spent this week learning just that. The French Catholic school board had a number of activities for the students this week including a networking breakfast in Rockland at Ecole secondaire catholique L’Escale on Monday morning. Students were given the opportunity to network with their peers and listen to local entrepreneurs tell their stories of how they have succeeded in business.

“All of the schools had different activities (after that),” said Christin Senn. “It was like a mini conference for the students to just network and meet other people who are entrepreneurs in the area. It was our launch for the week.”

Senn said the French Catholic school in Hawkesbury had a mini Dragon’s Den where students were able to showcase their ideas.

On Thursday, the students of Notre Dame started their day with different local entrepreneurs speaking to the classes, and then the students were divided into groups, given recyclable materials and they have to create an object or something they could sell.

“They have 20 minutes to do that and afterwards they have to try to sell it to us,” said Senn. “They will have little booths set up.”

Senn said the whole idea of the week was to teach the children how to become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

“This is a good way for them to learn how to be entrepreneurs and set up a business,” she said. “This week is global entrepreneurship week, so it is something that is being promoted world-wide.”

Kathy Chaumont, chef des services d’entrepreneuriat et communautaires for the school board, said this is the fourth year the school board has participated in this event.

“We have 20 school participating and have registered as of today (Thursday),” she said.

Chaumont said the program has had a lot of success and many of the students who have gone through it have continued on with their money making projects after school.

“Some of them made wish cards, many do wood products and many do baking,” she said. “They continue on.”

Chaumont said the children learn how to become very productive. The program is available for students from kindergarten to Grade 6.

“Different schools choose different levels,” she said. “We are very pleased to be able to participate (in the global entrepreneurship program).”

Source: Standard Freeholder