Mansfield High School’s Entrepreneurship students successfully ran a small business selling Mansfield string bags during the fall trimester. Students presented their business proposals to each other and decided as a group to pursue the string bag business. They collaborated to design the logo that would be printed on the bags, and then worked on how to market the business and increase sales. Students sold out of their string bags within just two weeks. After analyzing their finances, they determined that a $350 charitable donation would be possible. The students donated $350 to the Jimmy Fund on behalf of Mansfield High School.
Since the inception of this “small business” project in Mrs. Prester’s Entrepreneurship classes, students have donated nearly $2,000 to seven local charities and organizations, while also funding future trimesters of Entrepreneurship students to complete the same project. The project was born from a grant awarded by the Mansfield Education Foundation to increase classroom innovation and authentic learning experiences in Mansfield.