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Loreburn kids showcase self-made business ideas

Impressive booths by young students show an eye for business by the local youth sector.

LOREBURN - If you were looking for some candles to brighten up your room or maybe some keychains to keep those lost pairs more handy, then it may have been smart to stop by Loreburn Central School last week when young students hosted a special business showcase.

On Tuesday, April 30, Grade 5 and 6 students put on their Young Entrepreneur Show in the school gym from 4:00 to 5:30, spotlighting a number of business ideas the students came up with and showing that even at such an impressionable age, today's kids are smarter and more in-tune with the changing world around them.

Over the past several weeks leading up to the show, the students had been participating in the PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs program, known to be an engaging, hands-on tool that gives students the resources and knowledge they need to establish their own businesses. When all was said and done, parents, teachers and the general public were invited to come and check out their wares as the students were indeed "Open for Business".

Selling two kinds of chapstick (pink or purple, with pink being the hot seller) was student Peyton Garnes, while Athena Matias sold plant-based scented candles. Meanwhile, Brooklyn Wenc was busy at her station creating more of her handmade crochet keychains, while Cayden Daniluk was selling some handmade pencil cases. Logan Boulton's handmade bracelets were a hit with people, as were Casey Griffin's impressive-looking keychains. Steel Norrish had created some colorful bookmarks for his station, while Lexie Shewchuk's scented candle collection showed off some notable work. Rounding out the showcase of student businesses was Brooklyn Peterman's rice bag collection, showing off some impressive works, and finally, Cheyanne Hauberg's custom sprays gave off lovely scents and proved to be a hot seller. Scroll through the photos at the top of this article to see each of the kids' booths.

The students showed that they took their initiatives seriously, developing their business plans, including the establishment of their own rates versus the expenses they incurred, and even dedicated some funds to organizations such as the SPCA and STARS Air Ambulance.