Third-graders with a love for their school won a student business competition at Kilgour School.
The Creative Mustangs Team designed a T-shirt with a hand-drawn picture of Kilgour School’s columned entryway with the slogan, “There’s No Place Like Kilgour.”
“We’re definitely surprised and definitely very happy,” said Elle, the team’s marketing director, who, with her teammates, overcame technical difficulties with a PowerPoint to deliver a winning presentation.
The Creative Mustangs and three other teams of third-graders presented their business plans and T-shirt designs on stage at Kilgour School on December 19. Listening were classmates, family members and two judges — Dr. Valerie Krugh and Emily Schalk, from the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center. Staff from the center helped Kilgour’s students learn how to launch their businesses.
Cincinnati Public Schools’ Vision 2020 initiative encourages classroom instruction such as this create-your-own-business project, to sharpen young students problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
The teams of students selected company officers, created business plans, designed T-shirts, and researched local non-profit organizations to select which ones would receive $1 from each T-shirt sold. Twenty teams were whittled down to four by student votes, with the top four presenting on December 19.
The Creative Mustangs selected the Ronald McDonald House, which supports families of sick children at Children’s Hospital Medical Center, as the non-profit that will benefit from the T-shirt sales.
Their “no place like Kilgour” T-shirts now will be printed and sold to the Kilgour community, with remaining profits going to the school.