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Budding entrepreneurs at Comox Valley schools

In local elementary school classrooms, students in grades 4 to 8 are getting top marks for innovation.

Coming up with original ideas, analyzing complex situations and thinking outside the box are all part of the process of developing their own small business ventures with PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs.

This six-week program sponsored by Coastal Community Credit Union teaches youth practical life skills they will need to succeed in today’s fast-paced world.

“At Coastal Community Credit Union we are certainly impressed with the originality and imagination that students exhibit with PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs,” says Allyson Prescesky, manager of community experience and communications.

“Whether creating a distinctive product, developing unique advertisements or designing a catchy sales pitch, young people are empowered to use their creative and critical thinking abilities to create success. We are so pleased to support local schools with this dynamic learning experience.”

At École Puntledge Park in Courtenay, Michelle Attfield reports that one young marketer of Playdough has created animated dough characters to add impact to his poster.

Students and educators are very enthusiastic about the value of this Coastal Community partnership. One Puntledge Park student discovered that starting a business is an achievable goal for young people.

“You don’t have to be a millionaire,” she said. “You just need $20 and an idea.”

“We appreciate the support from our sponsor,” said Douglas. “The creativity and self-confidence that kids build through this program is pretty unique.”

To find out more about PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs, visit www.cccu.ca or www.powerplay4success.com, or contact PowerPlay Strategies at 1-888-880-0816.

— Coastal Community Credit Union

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