Brockway Artisans Market Draws Large Crowd

5:12:16 brockway artisansBROCKWAY, Pa. (EYT) — The world of business gets more competitive every day and the students at Brockway Area High School are learning how they can succeed in it.

At the school on Thursday morning, the students’ hard work for the last two months culminated in the Fifth Annual Artisans Market.

Rachael Chamberlain, in her 12th year teaching seniors about government and economics at Brockway, had the idea, and it has flourished since it began in 2012.

“It gives the kids a chance to run a business, see what it’s like, and hopefully take some of those lessons with them as they go out into the world,” Chamberlain said. “Not everyone is going to run a business, but I tell them that they never know what may happen in the future, and this type of experience can be very valuable.”

Five classes of seniors started work on their respective businesses six weeks ago. They put together a business plan, developed an advertising campaign, and gave sales pitches to their classes for a commercial that was shown on Rovers TV.

The classes compete against each other to see which can make more money. The class that wins will donate the total amount to a charity of its choice, generally on the local level.

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One of the “businesses” was TJC Cutting Boards. The trio of Josh Flinn, Anthony Isabella, and Cody McClintick made three dozen boards of various sizes and styles and were nearly sold out a little more than an hour into the market, which not only is attended by students, but also by the general public.

Blankets in Bushels, by Eric Huffman and Dakota Guaglianone, were also doing well, having sold nine of the 10 blankets they made in an hour.

“It’s a lot of work for everyone, but in the end, I feel pretty good about it. It’s so relevant to the students,” Chamberlain said.

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