Cookies, Capital And Competition

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Students gather during the Gourmet Cookie Mix Sales Bazaar.
Students gather during the Gourmet Cookie Mix Sales Bazaar.

Seventh-grade students at Plainview’s Mattlin Middle School recently began a business simulation to learn the basics of entrepreneurship, business and finance. This real-world project-based learning program created and organized by family and consumer sciences teacher Susan Epstein, offers students the opportunity to learn how to start and operate their own business. Working in teams of five, students start, fund and run their own company in the Mason Jar Cookie Mix industry. All decisions the companies make are entirely student-driven. The students decide everything, from what to name their company to how many products to make and how much to charge for them.

Mattlin Middle School principal Beth Torreano (right) joins student Stephanie Axelrod at the Gourmet Cookie Mix Sales Bazaar.
Mattlin Middle School principal Beth Torreano (right) joins student Stephanie Axelrod at the Gourmet Cookie Mix Sales Bazaar.

The program culminates with the Gourmet Cookie Mix Sales Bazaar, where students sell their products to actual customers—other students, staff and community members. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event in Plainview. Students will compete to raise the most funds for the cause.

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