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John Gregg Art Show Featuring Entrepreneur’s Market

The annual art show at John Gregg Elementary will feature something new this year as enrichment students learn to become entrepreneurs.

   Fifth-and sixth-graders will create and sell original products at the event, which is set for March 14 from 6-7:30 p.m. Art teacher Kelly Dopp, who heads the enrichment program with computer teacher Brooke Barker, said this year’s event will allow patrons to purchase the homemade goods at an entrepreneur’s market.

   “Our enrichment students are going to host an entrepreneur’s market,” she said. “Each student will create the product that they are going to sell. We’re going to determine the number of items to sell.”

  The students are still deciding what their products will be and must craft a logo, business plan and price for the product. Dopp said supplies will be funded through a $660 Jefferson County Educational Service Center Best Practice Grant she received for the project, which is expected to be self-sustaining. She said proceeds from the sales will go back into the fund for next year’s program and any extra profits will be donated to a local charity.

   Dopp continued that the enrichment class has been learning about business and recently hosted local teen Kenzie Everhart, a senior at Edison High School and Jefferson County Joint Vocational School who established her Pleased Pooches dog treat business last year.

  “We’re trying to encourage [our students] to sell something they are interested and invested in, something they think they has a purpose and would be marketable,” she said. “They will pitch product ideas to their classmates for feedback to determine if they will make it [for the market]. The students are excited about it.”

  In addition, patrons will have a chance to peruse paintings and other artwork created by the school’s estimated 400 pupils in grades PreK-6. Dopp said the evening is themed “Rockets and Robots: Outer Space Art” and will also feature a pop bottle bio display by second-to-fourth-graders, a food truck, and a family make-and-take activity.

   “They can go into a room and make something to take home. It’s an opportunity for parents to make something with their kids,” she continued.

   The art show drew about 200 participants last year and Dopp anticipates a similar amount this time. Food will be provided by the Rusty Bull of Toronto and items bought at the food truck can be eaten in the cafeteria.

   She noted that the evening intends to bring students and their families together for some learning fun.

   “The purpose is for students to showcase their artistic talent and for parents to see what their kids are doing in their related arts class. I’m a big believer that elementary schools should produce well-rounded kids. We are highlighting their artwork and creativity is important for kids at this stage. We have a lot of artistic kids.”