While learning the finer points of sales, students in McRoberts secondary’s entrepreneurship club also practiced empathy by investing in local seniors.
The students in the club organized an Easter chocolate sale and used the proceeds to buy flowers that were then donated to residents at Gilmore Gardens retirement residence. They also made cards that were delivered alongside the flowers.
“The whole process took a lot of time, but it was truly worthwhile,” says a club member. “We know everyone has been struggling during the pandemic, especially seniors, so we decided to make their lives a bit brighter. It felt really great to be able to make an impact on the community, even if it’s just small.”
Teacher sponsor Angelica Rost-Komiya says it has been difficult for clubs and other extracurricular activities to come up with ideas amid pandemic restrictions.
“We were brainstorming, and I suggested they try to bring joy to other people—and especially to people who might have a more difficult time than average during the pandemic,” says Rost-Komiya.
The students in the club were immediately eager, and took charge of the project on their own. They independently organized the chocolate sale, figuring out how much they would need and exploring ways to promote and advertise to other members of the school community. The ordering and payment process was challenged by pandemic restrictions, but students were able to overcome the obstacles.
“It was a valuable experience to learn about the obstacles to businesses,” says Rost-Komiya. “Everything that would have been great prior to the pandemic—all of these ideas weren’t really realistic. So we had to re-think and come up with ways to work around and with the present pandemic situation.”
The response from the school community was positive, with many students relating to the fundraiser’s cause by thinking of their own grandparents. Gilmore Gardens displayed the students’ cards in the foyer, and sent a thank-you card back to the club members expressing how much joy the delivery brought to residents.
Rost-Komiya says students are still meeting and eagerly thinking about their next project. This is the first year the club has run, and the success of its inaugural project paves the way for years to come.
Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Richmond Sentinel