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Kids Biz Club is an 8-week 16 session course created by SAVENW.org to help local Fifth Graders learn how to start their own business. Topics include creating a business budget, a business plan and a business website.

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This Spring, we had the opportunity to provide this course to students in an After-School Program at Alderwood Elementary School in Bellingham, WA. Each student was provided with a laptop to use during the course, a USB drive to save their work and a course notebook. Then their work began. The first lessons were about business planning concepts: How to choose a business, how to estimate costs, how to set pricing, the difference between a service, a product or a knowledge-based business.

Then we took a day to learn from local business manager, John “Westy” Westerfield, of Yeager’s Sporting Goods. The class explored coming to a net profit, and the differences between owners, managers, and employees. We wish to thank Westy for sharing his knowledge with the class and will be sure to say “Hi,” next time we are in his store.

With a business plan forming we moved on to the technical aspects of website design, beginning with the basics of file management.

While the course has very challenging goals, every student was able to finish their own business website – created from scratch using HTML and CSS. Each student customized their website with unique images, font colors and background colors.

Fifth-grade students at Alderwood Elementary School in Bellingham will participate in SAVE’s Kids Biz Club curriculum this Spring. Kids Biz Club is an eight week course which teaches the student computer technical skills as a basis to develop their understanding of basic economics.

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SAVE Program Director, David Spring, will instruct the class with the assistance of volunteer mentors. Mentors are used to provide a bridge between the instructor and the students as they work through the course. Each student will be provided with the use of a laptop, personalized flash drive, and the student version of the course notebook.

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After completion the students will retain their flash drive which will contain a copy of the work they’ve completed and the student course notebook. This initial pilot class will accept up to fifteen students from Alderwood Elementary who have qualified for the class through Nichole Buma, Alderwood’s After School Coordinator.

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The course will begin in mid-April and wrap up in eight weeks with a presentation of each of the students work, a certificate of completion, and a special gift from SAVE for the student who receives the highest recommendations from the students and mentors participating in the class. If you would like to know more about this program and/or volunteer to become a mentor for one of our future courses, feel free to email us: Director at savenw.org.

Click below to listen to this recent interview of SAVE NW Director David Spring M. Ed. on Saturday Morning Live where he described the purpose of our program and announced some of our upcoming courses. 

 

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download 2019-0302-SML-SAVE
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