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East Clayton Elementary celebrates free enterprise

East Clayton fifth-graders Olivia Sanchez, left, and Erika Solom take part in Free Enterprise Day.
East Clayton fifth-graders Olivia Sanchez, left, and Erika Solom take part in Free Enterprise Day. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOL

Fifth-graders at East Clayton Elementary School celebrated free enterprise by designing and manufacturing products by students and for students.

The students worked in teams, creating prototypes of their products for approval by teachers. Production took place outside of school, with the exception of a few in-school workdays scheduled by teachers.

In addition to making their product, the teams learned about advertising. Students then rented booth space to sell their products.

East Clayton’s behavior plan encourages appropriate behavior while teaching students about economies and the free-enterprise system. Each semester, students have the opportunity to earn up to 20 Star Bucks for appropriate behavior. They can spend that money at one of two Free Enterprise days held during the school year.

This fall’s Free Enterprise Day “was a great success as students celebrated the benefits of their hard work and positive behavior during the first quarter of the year,” said Principal Brayton Leonhardt.

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