According to “Entrepreneur” magazine, teaching young people to be entrepreneurs is productive. “Entrepreneurship education benefits students from all socioeconomic backgrounds because it teaches kids to think outside the box and nurtures unconventional talents and skills. Furthermore, it creates opportunity, ensures social justice, instills confidence and stimulates the economy.” Teaching young people how to impact others through their entrepreneurship is what Market Day at Grand Rapids Christian Schools is all about.
The students at four of our Grand Rapids Christian campuses are getting to experience personal business ownership while seeing first-hand the importance that micro-financing plays in creating opportunities and alleviating poverty in the ministries that Market Day supports. Students formulate a business plan, submit an application, and receive a $10 microloan to start their business. They then use those funds to purchase supplies and produce a product to sell at Market Day. This year, parents and grandparents are also invited to craft something to sell at the Market! Contact Jen Wickstrom at Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Over the last two years, Market Day has raised $17,000. This year, 100% of all money raised on Market Day will go to 3 ministries - two of which we have previously supported and one new ministry.
- Yezelalem Minch in Ethiopia provides meals to over 1500 widows and orphans each day, along with schooling and medical care.
- International Needs Ghana is establishing Christian schools and feeding programs in remote regions of Ghana where children previously had no access to education.
- We are also excited to add a local ministry this year, D.A. Blodgett- St. John’s. They are a social service agency that is based in Grand Rapids and partners with the local community to help children. Some of the comprehensive services that they offer are foster care, residential treatment programs, family support, adoption and Big Brothers Big Sisters.
On Friday, December 2, students from Rockford Christian, Grand Rapids Christian Elementary’s Evergreen and Iroquois campuses, and Grand Rapids Christian Middle School will be selling their items at the Market at their individual schools from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. We welcome all students, parents, grandparents and supporters to come and shop at the Market. Volunteers will be on hand to wrap any gifts you may like to give as a Christmas gift.
This is a fun day for our students and teachers, but more importantly this is also a day where our students learn that they can work together to positively impact another community. What an important lesson for our young people to learn.