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Weekly All School Bulletin

Grades 2 and 3 Learn How to Open a Business
Posted 03/29/2018 12:04PM

"You gotta have Haaarte!"

The second and third graders have been developing an exciting project within their social studies curriculum. As part of an economics unit, each student was asked to design and develop a mock business. The students first considered businesses they were familiar with and stores they have visited. They were then asked to pretend that they were an up-and-coming business owner who was about to open their own store. Each student came up with their own store idea and began the process of becoming a “store owner.” Floor plans were designed, store logos were created, and names of stores were added. Inventory was discussed and recorded, along with appropriate prices for each item. As the class worked on their project for several days, an important question was posed: “Is there an expert here at Chase who could come in and teach us how to open and run a business?”

“Is there an expert here at Chase who could come in and teach us how to open and run a business?”

Tom Harte, St. Margaret's-McTernan Class of 1989, current parent, and business owner of Harte Auto Group, was invited to spend time with our Chase kids. The students had prepared questions beforehand as they eagerly awaited to meet the person they had seen on TV. A variety of questions were asked, including how Mr. Harte gets his inventory, how a profit is made, and how advertising works. Mr. Harte gave several examples pertaining to how one opens a business and keeps it running effectively and successfully. The students learned about the history of Harte Auto Group and how a company can last for generations. They also watched some of Mr. Harte’s commercials and were fascinated to learn how commercials are made. After other advertising techniques were also introduced, each student shared his/her business idea with Mr. Harte and were excited to incorporate Mr. Harte’s advice into their business designs.

Having had the opportunity to spend time with someone who is an alumnus of our school, as well as a successful business owner, was invaluable. Getting advice from an expert provided the students with an “inside look” to how businesses are formed. The students were able to incorporate new ideas that would strengthen their businesses, based on Mr. Harte’s teachings. We welcome another visit from Mr. Harte when our projects are complete!

Ms. Coppola
Third Grade teacher

Chase Collegiate School
565 Chase Parkway Waterbury, CT 06708
(203) 236-9500

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