Evangeline Middle School holds annual Business Expo June 13

John Decoste
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Popular event now in its 18th year at New Minas school

Eighteen years ago, the Grade 8 teachers at Evangeline Middle School had a great idea.

As part of their school year, students at the New Minas middle school (Grade 6-8) do interdisciplinary units, usually six weeks in length, in which they undertake focused study on a variety of topics.

For the past 18 years, one of those topics has been entrepreneurship, through which the students, either individually or in teams of two, learn about being entrepreneurs by creating and managing their own small business.

At the end of the unit, the students 'set up shop' in the school gym and sell their wares, creations or whatever they have come up with in terms of a product. This year's Business Expo took place on June 13.

The Entrepreneurship Expo has become one of the days most looked forward to of the entire school year. Parents, friends and fellow students are invited to drop by, as are former EMS students now at Horton, if their schedules permit them to do so.

As with most things in our schools today, the Business Expo has fallen victim to declining enrolment.

"We have 48 booths this year," said Dawn Harvey, one of the four Grade 8 teachers who helped organize the event.

Harvey acknowledged that total "is down a bit" from previous years, when there haveoften been 60 or more booths.

EMS Principal Bruce Ross pointed out, "we had 130 Grade 8 students last year. This year, there are 99," a difference of 31, which translates into fewer businesses on display.

At the same time, Harvey said, "I believe the quality is just as good. The students have certainly been working very hard, and we have some great businesses on display." 


Organizations: EMS

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