Allen Career Tech Family and Consumer Science Class (FACS) teaches students to develop their own mini businesses using Family and Consumer Science skills.
Jan Long’s FACS classes have come up with products to sell in the annual Trade Fair Nov. 19 from 1-7 p.m. and Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
"The overall goal of this project is to allow students to learn how to open their own business, "said Long. "No matter what stage of life a person is in they need to be able to make money.
“We never know what life changing events we might be required to handle in the future. It is important that each student learns how to support themselves,” said Long.
The students learn the responsibilities of running a company and making a profit, getting along with others, working with strict deadlines, designing and manufacturing a quality marketable product, advertising the product, writing newspaper articles, making posters, and selling to the public.
The students are also required to do product research and development before they begin the process. Once they have decided on their projects, they begin filling out purchase orders, profit and loss sheets, designing their booth, filling out a calendar with projected work, then at the end, sell their products
The students need to invest at least $5 of their own money in their company. Most companies invest more depending on their product. All the money the student invests in their company should get paid back to the student if they have receipts for what they purchase. After each student is paid back, the profit will be divided equally with each member of the group. Also any left over product will be divided equally as well.
These are a few of the items the students are making; Christmas ornaments, wreaths, Indian tacos, hair bows, baby blankets, pillows, tutu’s, log candle holders, yard décor, salsa, jellies, pies, applesauce, food items and picture frames.
Awards will be given for the Best Booth Display,