Posted Date: 02/14/2019
A third grade lesson in economics turned into the mass production of candy grams this week.
Creating and selling candy grams that could be given to anyone at CES was the end result of the economics lesson and business plan. They first discussed what it takes to start up a business, figured out what materials they would need to create their product and the cost for purchasing all the materials. Each class visited a bank in Chanute and learned about loans and how they are paid back to the bank, with interest.
After securing an $80 loan, the students began advertising their business, notifying parents, friends and family members on Facebook that they could order $1 candy grams for any student or members of the CES family. Those orders were placed in boxes for the third graders to pick up.
Heather Grady’s students created a commercial that was sent out to the school classrooms. Other third grade classes made posters. Then the orders started rolling in.
“The kids are finding out how the job never ends because we keep getting candy gram orders all the time,” said teacher Kathi Emling.
On Tuesday morning, Stephanie Oliver’s students went into mass production mode. They divided into four teams, with each team member given one part of the process to complete. One person cut out the notes, while another cut tape into pieces. Two others took the tape and attached a lollipop to each note and passed the finished piece to the last person who placed 10 finished candy grams into each gallon baggie.
“How does it feel to be a well-oiled machine,” Oliver asked her students when they finished. ”Did you realize you just made 200 candy grams in less than 30 minutes?”
Part of the reason that was possible is because there was an assembly line, she explained, with each person in charge of a specific job. She told them they would soon learn about Henry Ford and how he created automobiles that were affordable for everyone.
As a reward for working together so well, Oliver told her students they had earned a morning break, and could spend the next 15 minutes reading a book or doing something at their desk.
“That wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t work well together,” she told them.
The profit, after expenses and loan repayment, will be donated to a charity that hasn’t been determined yet.