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Mr. Rodman from Silver Spring MD is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Building Entrepreneurs through Small Business Lessons (ABC Family)

My students need 12 packs of colored pencils, 12 rolls of dry erase sheets, and 1 roll of paper to create their business storefront and ad billboards which will be posted by neighborhoods (rows) in the classroom.

  • $412 goal

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My Students

Small business is king! More than 70 percent of our economy comes from small businesses. This unit on entrepreneurship allows students to create their own business and is culturally relevant in that it allows them to focus on a business of interest to them and learn with that business in mind.

My students are 45% Hispanic, 50% African American and 5% Asian or White.

More than 45% of my students are on free and reduced meal plans. But whenever I can find ways to make the content more culturally relevant to their world, they tend to open up to learning in amazing ways! My students become so much more actively engaged because the content we are learning about connects with their experiences, their motivations and it helps drive them to do their best. This is why I believe a unit on entrepreneurship like this would be immensely beneficial to making connections with their world and how they can open up their own business within our community.

My Project

The unit is about connecting students with the basic objectives of entrepreneurship: resources and factors of production, branding and marketing, licensing and hiring practices, budgeting and balancing your business checkbook, forming alliances and partnering with nearby businesses, and the advantages of advertising and promotions to drive sales and cultivate stronger community partnerships. I am requesting 12 packs of colored pencils, 2 rolls of dry erase sheets, and 1 roll of paper. These resources will be used to help students visualize what their business storefronts would look like, what marketing elements will be located within their business storefront window, how the front of a business is used to draw in customers, and how my students can use these techniques for their own business to attract customers within the community or just walking by the store. The pencils and poster paper will be used to create the business storefronts, but they will also be used to create advertising billboards that students will work on to promote their business.

My students are amazingly creative!

When tasked with a challenge, they dive right in, ask lots of questions and create some really creative results. This project will help my students visualize their businesses, see them in relation to other student's businesses, where there may be connections to work together, and how they are a part of a bigger community. I believe this will help students see the possibilities of small business ownership for their future and how they play a vital role in it.

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Mr. Rodman
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
CRAYOLA COLORED PENCILS 24PK ASST----*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $5.19 12 $62.28
DRY ERASE SHEETS ROLLS 24 X 10- - --*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $16.64 12 $199.68
PAPER ROLLS 2 X12 WHITE- - --*Comments* • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $3.52 1 $3.52

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