Asaja Nielsen displays a package of beeswax, which he and business partner Annabella Barfoot were selling during Harwin Elementary School's Junior Achievement Fair.

Mystri Austin, left, Nahanni Griffin and Indiana Flesher were selling bookmarks from their Book Buddies table.

Mystri, Nahanni and Indiana made this colourful sign to help draw attention to their table.

DJ Wilson, left, and Kaeden Turcotte had Christmas ornaments for sale at the Harwin Junior Achievement Fair.

Chloe Freeman and the Harwin Elementary School mascot were part of the crowd at the Junior Achievement Fair.

A taste of business:

Harwin hosts Junior Achievement Fair

They learned about production, budgeting, marketing and sales. They also raised money for their end-of-year trip.

Grade 6 and 7 students at Harwin Elementary School were provided all these benefits through their participation in the school’s Junior Achievement Fair. The event happened last week in the Harwin gymnasium and was the culmination of three months of preparation by the young entrepreneurs.

Students first had to come up with ideas for products or services they could sell at the fair.  Then they had to turn that product or service into reality, figure out pricing, make point-of-purchase signage to promote their business and, finally, handle the actual sales transactions.

“It has just been a powerful experience for these guys,” said teacher John McBain.

Most students worked in teams of two or three. Asaja Nielsen and Annabella Barfoot, both in Grade 7, were operating Grandma’s Beeswax, a pet-friendly business that proved very successful.

“With the beeswax, you can take it whole or chop it up a bit or just rub it in your palm and then rub it on your dog’s paw so it doesn’t get cracked, cold, or burnt in the summer,” Nielsen explained. “This is pretty good because you can also put it on their nose.”

The beeswax idea came from Harwin teacher Cailyn Rommel. Nielsen and Barfoot liked the concept and so, too, did their customers, who spent a total of about $100. Each piece of wax was $3, a price Nielsen and Barfoot cut in half later in the day.

Customers (other Harwin students and members of the Harwin school community) did their shopping with tickets that were worth 50 cents each.

Other items for sale during the Junior Achievement Fair included bookmarks, Christmas ornaments, bracelets and masks. One group offered the chance to shoot mini basketballs on mini hoops and there was even a candy cane raffle.

The destination for the end-of-year trip hasn’t yet been determined.