To market, to market

Shields second-graders learn marketplace economics
Jake Farrell, acting as shopkeeper for his sister, Brooke, does Madison Couchman's hair. BY RON MACARTHUR
June 24, 2013

Each June, second-graders from Shields Elementary School in Lewes get hands-on economics training during Market Day. Students are responsible for developing a product and marketing and selling it to teachers, parents and fellow students.

As students shop, they must hire – and pay – other shopkeepers to man their booths. Products for sale at the June 7 event included book markers, artwork, paper flowers, jewelry, baked goods, handmade crafts, drinks, tie-dye shirts and socks and even fruit sticks, to name a few. Some students offered services such as hair and hand care.