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St. Agatha Catholic School in Sellwood has an elective course in business. Here's how it went this year

DAVID F. ASHTON - St. Agatha Catholic School Entrepreneurship Elective instructor Dr. Arnaud Prevot stands with student presenters Justine Pashley, Dani Smith, Grant Ellison, Brooks Coleman, and Finn Longstreet. While other students were likely daydreaming about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, on Wednesday afternoon, November 27, "Business and Entrepreneurship Elective" students at Sellwood's St. Agatha Catholic School were busy presented business plans for enterprises that they'd like to start.

Complete with written and bound business plans, the students used a poster to make their "stand up pitch" in front of instructor Dr. Arnaud Prevot, and the school's Principal Chris Harris.

The various proposed businesses presented were:

· One World – Selling T-shirts, coffee cups and water bottles, and donating a portion of their profits to charity projects

· Lucoro – Selling used, high-quality timepieces, like wrist watches

· Hat Lab – Recycling used hats by cleaning them, and then sewing on company logos

After students Justine Pashley and Dani Smith pitched their "One World" business, Smith told THE BEE, "This has taught us life skills that we would not have learned otherwise. I think we could actually make this into a business! What gives me confidence is all the things that our teacher taught."

While student Grant Ellison's partner was not at the presentation, Ellison himself ably represented their proposed business, "Lucoro". "A lot of times people think starting a business is something only adults can do; but, with a good teacher, it's not that hard!"

After Finn Longstreet and partner Brooks Coleman pitched their "Hat Lab" concept, Coleman remarked, "Kids can do more than just starting up a lemonade stand; this elective has taught us more advanced business concepts."

As for instructor Dr. Prevot, afterward he exclaimed to THE BEE, "The students were absolutely phenomenal; both in the questions they asked, and in demonstrating problem-solving. The spirit of entrepreneurship and ingenuity has really flowed out of the students, as they look forward to future business ownership."

Learn more about St. Agatha Catholic School online – www.stagathaschoolpdx.us


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