Students to host community fair in Greencastle

May 12, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Tonight's Greencastle-Antrim School District Community Fair caps an "Apprentice"-esque endeavor by more than two dozen Greencastle-Antrim High School students who developed a business plan, solicited local businesses and operated as a nonprofit organization, ultimately trading the boardroom for report cards at semester's end.

Economics students "annually do a student project, but each year it's something different. ... It's just basically to give us an idea of what running a company and all the other tasks involved in starting and forming a company would be," said Kim Cordell, a senior.

The students chose to host a community fair for what will be the final student project associated with the class, which is slated to be combined with government studies next year. The event, featuring several inflatable games, is scheduled for today from 6 to 10 p.m. In case of bad weather, the fair will be Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m.


"All the proceeds are going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation," Cordell said.

Students, operating under the business name Spotlite Productions, will be selling $1 tickets for the attractions and wristbands for $10 at the fair on the grassy area adjacent to Kaley Field, said Daniel Campbell, a junior.

"We're basically anticipating that the majority of the parents will buy the wristbands because it's the cheapest way," Campbell said. "From 6 to 10 that night, you can ride whatever rides you want, how many times you want,"

"Actually, the event this year is bigger than it ever has been before, so we've actually had to hire outside help from other students who have been in past economics classes," said Bailey Ocker, a senior.

Phantom Shadows is providing six inflatable games for the event, including ones for dodge ball, sliding and wall climbing. District teachers signed up for a dunk tank. Food choices include hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, students said.

"We sent fliers out to all the schools in our district, and we got a real good response with all the little kids," Cordell said. "We hope they come bring their family."

Students started planning the community fair in January.

"We've done a lot," Campbell said. "First, we formulated the idea. It took us about four weeks to form our business plan, which covers everything."

The biggest challenge was securing insurance after originally assuming it would be covered by the school district's policy, students said.

"People were panicking at that point because we were three weeks away from our event date," Campbell said. "We had to go through that whole fiasco, but it's fine now."

The experiences taught participating teenagers the business process and how detailed it is, he said.

"The smallest things, the things you don't think about, end up usually being the biggest things," Campbell said. "I mean, who thinks about bathrooms? ..."

"... and trash cans?" the girls asked with a laugh.

Expenditures for the community fair are anticipated to be $6,000, students said.

"We've been going into the community and asking for, like, sponsorships," Cordell said. "We've had a lot of response."

If you go

What: Greencastle-Antrim School District Community Fair

When: Today, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Grassy area adjacent to Kaley Field

Rain Date: Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.

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