By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
On Friday, Horizon Academy hosted its first financial literacy fair entitled “Kids at Work Business Expo.”
The event, which showcased a variety of products for sale made primarily by students with guidance from teachers and parents, was held on the school’s compound at mile 3 on the Phillip Goldson highway.
Principal, Diane Maheia, said that with the overwhelming support from the public, the school has decided to make the event annual.
“We are hoping that the people that came today will be inspired and realize that entrepreneurship is a life style that needs to be taught to their kids,” Maheia said. “We will incorporate this activity into our learning cycles but it can’t just be a once a year thing at school.”
Estela Lara, teacher of the pre-kinder, and kinder garden students, emphasized that even though her students are aged between two and four years, the children were the main drivers of the products.
“The learn so much from these activities, learned academic skills such as mixing colors for the paint, but they also learned life skills such as perseverance and the value of hard work,” Lara said.
The children made products, such as paper weights and picture frames made from river rocks, edible arrangements made from fruit, various custom decorated school supplies, and consumables such as jams and pepper sauce.
Apart from the production aspect, the students were also responsible for marketing their goods to would be customers, and keep records of orders, sales and give change, even at the infant one level.
The privately run school, operating since 2009, has a student population is 108.