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March 10, 2016

Students learn math and business skills by running a grocery

Essential question

What can work experience teach you that school might not be able to?

The Circle C Market in Cody, Nebraska, has a unique reason for its success: the market is run almost entirely by students.

Students from a nearby school, grades K-12, work at the store as part of their curriculum. A community board oversees the operation while students learn how to run a business.

“I know what to put on the shelves, how to put it on the shelves, how to finance, how to get grants, marketing and advertising,” said eighth grader Lizzy Hooper.

Superintendent Todd Chessmore of Cody-Kilgore Unified Schools said adults are involved, but the kids run just about everything. He said without the students there’s a good chance Circle C would go out of business.

Keeping the store in business also helps residents of Cody avoid a one-hour round trip drive to the next town to buy food. And it’s a good way for students to pick up a little bit of cash; they’re paid to work at Circe C outside of school hours.

Key terms

marketing – the activities involved in making customers aware of a company’s products and services

retail – the sale of goods to the public in relatively small quantities for use or consumption

Warm up questions (before watching the video)
  1. When do you use math outside of school?
  2. What skills do you think it takes to run a small business?
  3. Why do people dream of owning their own business one day?
Critical thinking questions (after watching the video)
  1. In what ways do students benefit from running the Circle C Market?
  2. What are some differences between running a small business versus a large business?
  3. If you could run your own business, what would it sell? How would you run it?
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