The next big business?

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Ducky Doodles members Alden Wells, Christen Eccleston and Carrington Ward used duct tape to make bows and bracelets. | Stephanie Nelson/ Star-News


Just think – America’s next big entrepreneur may have gotten his or her start at Andalusia Middle School Tuesday.

Or at least that was the goal of a recent lesson for sixth graders in Linda Kyle’s social studies class, who for the last few weeks have been studying the Industrial Revolution. Students were tasked with creating an invention or product to sell at the school’s holiday market, which was held Tuesday. All the monies raised during the sale was divided equally among team members.

“This project was a way to make a real-life experience out of what they are studying in the classroom,” Kyle said. “The things students came up with were just amazing. We have some very talented children.”

Students were also tasked with setting up display booths to market their wares. Items on sale ranged from the scientific, such as glow in the dark floam, to the arts, such as ANDY photographs, which captured areas around the school campus to form the letters. There were also the traditional scented candles, cross necklaces constructed from old lunch trays and cloth jewelry made from old tied-dyed T-shirts.

“Bulldog Chow,” a Chex Mix-based snack covered in peanut butter, chocolate and powdered sugar, appeared to be a huge hit among students. The four-member team of Will Clark, Bridges Anderson, Grant Holley and Kenderrick Smith sold out of their product and raised nearly $100.

“I can’t believe it,” Clark said. “We sold out.”

Another interesting use of everyday items was made by the Ducky Doodles – Alden Wells, Christen Eccleston and Carrington Ward – who constructed bows and bracelets using duct tape.

“All in all, I think the lesson really hit home for students,” Kyle said.