Savannah High students showcase their entrepreneurial skills

Students from the School of Liberal Studies at Savannah High showcased their business skills at a market day on Friday, March 25.

As part of 3DE program student organized a market day to present its businesses to the entire student body. The 3DE, which is an elective program, teaches students in grades nine through 12 entrepreneurial skills.

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Students in grades nine and ten in the program learn the basics of starting a business, such as helping a local business solve a problem. Eleventh graders in the program spend four to five months building a business. while working with local business coaches. Students also learn about profits, business plans, making good business decisions, pricing, investments, and debt.

The culminating event is when the students set up their business on market day in which the whole school can buy items from the respective shop windows. The students sold smoothies, jewelry, makeup, snacks and cupcakes.

The program was developed by business leaders and junior achievement. Savannah High’s program is the first in the state located outside of Atlanta.

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The school’s director of academic leadership, Shybria Moore, said regardless of students’ career paths, real-life stimulation helps students engage. “Overall, we want our students to demonstrate specific skills and competencies such as collaboration, effective communication and autonomy,” she said.

Amanda Mayfield talks to Liberal Arts School Savannah High School student Daniel Zamora at a market day that featured student-run businesses.

The program enables students to learn about a wide variety of industries, learn about real business challenges, interact with business and community professionals, and learn valuable skills for success in high school, college, and on the professional plan.

“The most fun part was building the business, like figuring out the name, what to sell, the slogans, the logos, and then the hardest part was figuring out exactly how to do it and selling your stuff. “said eleventh-grader Vanessa Gutierrez.

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She and her classmates sold Little Debbie snacks at their business called The Hive Snacks and Treats. His group went into the snack business because they wanted something students would likely spend money on.

“Yes, it would help us in the future to start our own business, get started and see what lies ahead,” she said.

Students at the Savannah High School of Liberal Studies sell business snakes at an event that showcased business projects the students have worked on all year.

Teamwork and time management are skills Shayn Hamilton learned while building a handmade jewelry business. He said the hardest part of starting a business was taking the time as a team to complete it.

“I feel like it would help us understand how a business works and how to start one and how to figure out how to like to get an equal share of it so we can all put effort into it.”

Bianca Moorman is the education reporter. Reach her at BMoorman@gannett.com or 912-239-7706. Find her on Twitter @biancarmoorman.

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