Inspired by a social studies unit, Greenwich Elementary Grade 3 Seiden Glover started a bookmark business to make bookmarks in class and sell them at school. He raised over $330 for their sanctuary in Halfsville. (Photo Credit: Katstown Area School District)
Inspired by a social studies unit on entrepreneurship, a third grader led a class to start a bookmark business at Greenwich Primary School. In addition to raising money for the animal sanctuary, Seiden Glover and his class recently won the Young Entrepreneur Award.
Katztown School Superintendent Christian Temchatin told the school board at a meeting on May 15 that Zaiden had visited Principal Erin Anderson with a business plan to raise funds for the animal sanctuary. He said he decided he wanted to
An entire 3rd grade class spent two weeks creating custom bookmarks and selling them in the lobby each morning for $1 each, raising over $330 for the Halfsville sanctuary.
Seiden came up with the idea after studying economics. He took the idea to one of his teachers, learning support teacher Heather Carey. They then reported to their social studies teacher, Amy Young, and a meeting was set up with the principal to present his proposal.
“On the day Zaiden was supposed to meet with Dr. Anderson, Zaiden was very excited to wear his favorite button-down shirt and make a positive impression during the presentation of the proposal. I wanted them to have it,” Carey said.
“It was great to see how happy and excited he was,” said Young. “After meeting with Dr. Anderson and presenting his proposal, he came back to class and said, ‘I got the job.’ We sold bookmarks around the table at 12:00.It was great to see the teamwork and cooperation of the 3rd graders!”
Young likes how Seiden was determined to learn the business and build it from start to finish.
“It was great to see him putting what he learned into action,” Young said. “He came up with an idea, presented it to teachers and principals, wrote a plan, designed bookmarks, included the class as peers, created promotional posters, and sold bulk bookmarks to elementary school students and staff. School. Zaiden donated all proceeds to the sanctuary of Halfsville.”
Carey said Seiden will have to overcome some personal challenges this year.
“I think this effort has given him a positive outlook going into third grade,” Carey said. “I was very excited to see how Seiden would take the initiative to implement the vision he learned in his third-grade economics class. He made posters and put them up in the school building, advertised the bookmarks, and even though he was very nervous, he made announcements over the loudspeaker.”
In recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit, inspiration and philanthropy, Seiden and his classmates were presented with the Young Entrepreneurship Award at a ceremony on May 8th.
BirdDog Technologies entrepreneur Alexandru Barker presented Mr. Zaiden with the Distinguished Young Entrepreneur Award and certificate, as well as a $1,000 donation to the Halfsville Sanctuary on behalf of the company.
“It’s just an exciting time and to see Zaiden excited about it. He had this plan and it worked,” Temchachin said. “His classmates also joined in and helped him do something to improve the lives of the animals.”