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Students practice business skills, raise money for charity

Students at a Missoula elementary school are learning how to run a business through an educational program where they sell items on eBay to raise money for local charities.

Students at a Missoula elementary school are learning how to run a business through an educational program where they sell items on eBay to raise money for local charities.

“We learn about net profit and inventory,” student Savanna Krupczak said.

Being an entrepreneur can start earlier than you think.

“It’s very fun to be a part of a business and do all the team building, and you hardly realize you are doing all the measurements and adding and taking away the fees and stuff like that,” Eliza Scranton said.

It all started last year when teacher's assistant Alison Chapman created an educational program for first through fourth graders using eBay.

Chapman says the program incorporates everything they have learned in school so far.

“They are learning community, they are learning customer service, and they are learning geography when they sell an item,” Chapman said.

Students are given a product, then they analyze it, take pictures of it and post it online for customers to buy, as someone would normally do when selling on eBay.

By selling books, purses and T-shirts, the kids raised close to $1,000, and the money will go to local charities.

“We focused on Animeals and Missoula Aging Services so far. Throughout the year we have talked about other local charities to donate to,” Chapman said.

This program could create job opportunities for the kids and teach them lifelong skills, placing them ahead of many their age.

“When they grow up, I think, who knows what these kids will be doing,” Chapman said.

And for those kids in Chapman’s class, if they do decide to go into the business field they won’t miss a beat.

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