Hillel Academy eighth grade students to study entrepreneurship through Live Afrika

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(PR NewsChannel) / October 6, 2014 / TAMPA, Fla. 

Hillel AcademyHillel Academy is proud to introduce a new entrepreneurship program that has been integrated into the community day school’s eighth grade curriculum. Students have the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship during this program conducted by Forward Thinking Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that has been teaching in the Tampa Bay area since 2005.

Hillel Academy’s art teacher, Debra Campbell, is the owner and instructor of this program. Forward Thinking Initiatives partners with Live Afrika, an organization charged with the mission of Empowering Women, Transforming Lives, to provide the goods the students will market.

The goals for the program include exploring and mastering: cross cultural and economic issues of the target country (South Africa), transportation logistics, the role of customs, exchange rates, insurance, payment, contracts, working with Fair Trade companies and sustainable communities, marketing and sales, and how to develop a corporate philanthropy.

In order to meet the entrepreneurship program’s goals and maximize their learning experience, the eighth grade students are going through the process of starting a small trading company and operating a retail “store”. The young entrepreneurs developed and use a company sales pitch as part of their sales and marketing campaign. The items are purchased from Live Afrika and range in price from $10 to $60. Among the items the students are selling are bowls and necklaces made from paper products, reversible bags designed for iPads, stuffed monsters made from fabric scraps and owls made from beads. All the goods are crafted from renewable resources, both found and donated objects.

The Hillel Academy eighth graders each have a catalog to show potential buyers. They are also selling the products before and after school in the front of the school. The students chose to donate 50 percent of the proceeds back to the South Africans and 25 percent to Hillel Academy. They will keep 25 percent as commission.

By purchasing the retail items, buyers support the students’ learning experience and they directly support the women crafters and positively transform their lives and the lives of generations to come.

Mission Statement

Hillel Academy’s mission is to provide a superior education that encourages a love of learning and a strong Jewish identity. To that end, Hillel students are encouraged to attain the highest possible level of personal achievement.

Hillel Academy offers morning bus service from North Pinellas County with bus stops at Temple Ahavat Shalom, Woodlands Square in Oldsmar, and Westchase. Bus service from South Tampa also is available from Congregation Rodeph Sholom.

Hillel Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC) and is a member of the Jewish Community Day School Network. The school is recognized by the U.S. Dept. of Education as a Blue Ribbon School.

Jody Sherman

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SOURCE:  Hillel Academy

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