(New Haven Register (CT) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) March 24--NEW HAVEN -- Students at Bishops Woods Executive Academy are getting excited about trash.
Quinnipiac University's Enactus team has joined Bishop Woods Executive Academy in pitching a project that would help reduce littering at local parks, such as Evertt C. Wells Park.
The Enactus team is comprised of students, academic and business leaders, teaching students about the importance of marketing and using business plans to benefit the community.
"There's a park right around here that has a trash can, but there's still trash everywhere," said Chris Colon, a student.
The students put together a basketball tournament to raise money to purchase trash cans for local parks.
Approximately 15 students participated in putting together the fundraiser by creating flyers, informational pamphlets and green and white rubber bracelets to promote the tournament. Such marketing strategies were taught by Quinnipiac students like Abigail Blake and others on a weekly basis throughout the year.
Sixth- to eighth-graders can participate in the tournament after making a $3 donation. Each participant receives a free bracelet. Each bracelet promotes the fundraiser's,' "you drop it, we stop it" campaign. One teacher will also participate in the game.
The bracelets can be purchased for $1.
From the three grade levels, six winning-students will compete in a final tournament Friday in the school's gymnasium.
Students said they don't have a goal for how much money should be raised.
"We just want to make as much as possible," Lejion White said.
After purchasing the trash cans, students will brainstorm which parks to use.
Blake and university student Cassie Klatskin said they reached out to several regional schools until Bishop Woods invited them in.
"They were really responsive saying they wanted to incorporate business programs into their curriculum," Blake said.
Members of the Enactus team also teach students about self-confidence, public speaking, organization leadership and social responsibility.
"I think this is a very good topic for them to choose because it's something they see every day and they can be passionate about it. If they were to choose something very large that they don't see in their own community they wouldn't be as excited to make a difference about it," Blake said.
To teach the students the concepts of starting a business, Blake and members of the team used a lesson plan beginning with a Powerpoint and ending with a hands-on activity.
For example, choosing a classroom "product" and marketing it, using a faux mini-commercial.
Cara Campo, teacher and school business partnership coordinator said the program gives students the opportunity to learn "real-life skills."
"For the students that participate, it gives them the opportunity to learn outside of a school setting. They're building real world experience," Campo said.
The hands-on experience has students optimistic.
"I like that we're doing it now and that it could be something bigger later," White said.
Colon said he's enjoying be a part of a bigger picture.
"I like that we're actually doing this now and making changes now," Colon said.
Community members wanting to donate should visit the school's Facebook page, "Bishop Woods" or the school's website http://www.bishopwoodsschool.com
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