May 30, 2012 - Clear Lake Elementary's fourth-graders learned all about how the great system of free enterprise works by creating their own business and producing a product to sell during the school's Economics Fair.
Fourth-grader Jacob Marvin does some good old-fashioned carnival barking to attract customers to his product. Photo by C.J. Carnacchio (click for larger version)
Adam Smith, famous 18th century economist, would have been proud as the students deepened their understanding of economic concepts such as scarcity, opportunity, cost, goods versus services, productive resources, human resources, capital resources, natural resources, competition and of course, supply and demand.
Each student created his or her own unique product, set the sale price and advertised it with a poster of their making.
Thanks to these budding young entrepreneurs, the free market's future is safe.
CJ Carnacchio is editor for The Oxford Leader. He lives in the Village of Oxford with his wife Connie and daughter Larissa. When he's not busy working on the newspaper, he enjoys cigars/pipes, Martinis/Scotch, hunting and fishing.