Fifth-graders at Cooper Elementary School are learning what it takes to operate a small business by running the school’s supply store.
The store has helped the students learn about supply and demand, keeping inventory and customer service.
The store is open from 8:20 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. daily, and students can purchase items like spiral notebooks, mechanical pencils, fancy wooden pencils, glue sticks, highlighters, notebook paper, crayons and book covers.
Ann White, who teaches fifth grade at Cooper, had the idea to open the student-run school store, which students have embraced.
“They love being in charge of all aspects of the school store,” said Cooper media liaison Cara Dudley. “It promotes self-esteem, and you see the pride in their eyes.”
Dudley said the store always has a crowd of children buying items or talking about what items they are saving their money to buy.
The fifth-graders are responsible for letting White know when to order supplies, and when the time comes to place the order, students get to write the check and send it off.