The seventh grade math store project was a huge hit at Illuminata Wednesday night. The students showed up early for the event to set up their sales booths, and when the main performance in the gym ended, parents, grandparents, students, and other Villa community members arrived eager to buy the wide variety of hand-crafted items for sale.
The handmade items created by the students included T-shirts, scented soap, bath bombs, charcoal masks, snow flake orb ornaments, fruit mason jars, hats, bracelets, headbands, and candles.
Many of the groups sold entirely out of their items, and all the groups combined raised over $570.00. About $200 of this profit will go toward paying back initial costs, and the rest will be used for seed costs for another math project this spring.
This fall, students from both Ms. Kapek’s and Mr. Crafts’ math classes worked on this “store project” where small groups created items, decided on price points, and created marketing materials.
In class on Thursday, students calculated their profits, reflected on their sales, and evaluated their own work on the project. Several pointed out that properly advertising and displaying their items was hugely important, and a few noted that they might increase their markups if they attempted to sell more products in the future.
Thank you to all those Villa community members who purchased items, to the seventh grade parents who brought their young entrepreneurs to Illuminata early and stayed late, to store owner Jenny Porter who worked with the students several times and gave so many helpful tips, and to the students themselves who worked diligently and creatively on this project.