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Halifax County EGP students hold annual Market Day

SoVaNow.com / December 05, 2012
Fourth-graders in Halifax County Public Schools’ Elementary Gifted Program (a weekly pull-out class for the academically advanced) went to The Prizery to display, pitch and sell their unique, homemade wares on Tuesday at the program’s annual Market Day.

The event is the culmination of a lesson in entrepreneurship, product development, marketing and economics.

Among the items for sale: tie-dyed stocking caps, snowmen made of socks, snow globes, organic pet treats, wooden Wren Dens (that’s marketing-speak for birdhouses) and – just in time for family Christmas portraits – hair dye in neon shades. (The product maker insisted it is temporary.)

Students didn’t just let their wares speak for themselves – each also made a sales pitch, and most sang jingles. One boy dressed in a Santa suit and fake white beard.

Goods were “sold” with specially issued Piggy Bucks, and students could then spend their profits at auction on more conventional, store-bought toys such as basketballs and art sets donated to the program.

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