Selling Junior School Handicrafts and Compost
The ‘School Enterprise Challenge’ an initiative of UK based NGO ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ organization provides the windows of opportunities for developing the entrepreneurship competencies to bring fore the business ideas of grade 11 and 12 students.
The business team gathered at the school for the first fundraising event on Saturday, August 6, 2016 where we sold neckpieces, photo-frames, cloth bags, rakhis and compost. The handicrafts were beautifully made by the students of classes Montessori, First and Second. All the products were made from waste material like CDs, wedding cards, old T-shirts etc. which added to our green initiative. Our customers, mainly parents and teachers, appreciated our noble cause and we received a great response. For every purchase of INR 100 we gave a free envelope and asked the parents to select the same.
Through this event we developed various skills that will practically help us in life. While selling the various products, we dealt will customers, told them about our enterprise and learnt the importance of communication skills. While maintaining the cash counter, we improved our accuracy, speed while making the bills and most importantly working with precision. The School Enterprise Challenge gave us an insight of the functioning of a business. It was a great experience for us and the qualities gained will guide us in the future.
Decorative photo frames, pen stands, cloth bags, compost and all other products were completely sold out. In the end when we sat down to count our collection, we felt proud and delighted for all our profit will be used for setting up a library in an orphanage, providing solar lamps in a village and providing musical instruments to the visually handicapped. The SEC gave me an opportunity to enhance my abilities, taught me the importance of team work and revamped my communication and management skills.
Grade 11 F
GROWING SAPLINGS FROM STEM CUTTINGS AND FLOWER CUTTINGS
Eco Club Activity
‘We have not inherited the earth from our forefathers, we have borrowed it from our children.’ Planting saplings is a harbinger of prosperity as they would let our coming generations lead a healthy life. Keeping this in mind, Eco Club members of grade 9 and 10 planted saplings from stem cuttings and flower cuttings in small earthen pots on July 30, 2016. As a part of our business enterprise ‘Good Earth’, we have decided to diversify our business by planting saplings from the plants growing in the school campus. We used the compost prepared in the school by the Eco Club during the previous session for planting the saplings. We will be watering the saplings on a daily basis as well as have placed the pots in an open area so that they are provided water of the rainfall too. The saplings will be ready for the Fundraising event in the month of September, 2016. The activity brought all of us closer to nature and we realized that we must pay meticulous attention for the nurture, protection and growth of these saplings too. The saplings that we have planted from stem cuttings and flower cuttings are:
· Son of India
· Money plant
· Cassia Biflora
Grade 10 B
MAKING ENVELOPES FROM NEWSPAPERS – FOR PACKING THE PRODUCTS
Towards A Greener Planet
Students of business team of grade 11 made envelopes from newspapers which would be used during the coming Fundraising event to pack the products. The packaging material for handicraft products – the newspaper envelopes prepared by us are environment friendly instead of the plastic bags which are normally used for packing. This would be our small contribution in making our planet ‘green’.
Grade 11 F
PUTTING TAGS OF ‘GOOD EARTH’ ON PRODUCTS
We decided to put tags of ‘Good Earth’, our logo on every handicraft product that we sold. We got small print outs of our logo on A4 size sheet (25 on one sheet) and tied them on the products with wool. In some cases, where it was difficult to tie, we pasted them on the cover of the product.
Grade 11 F