Weekly All School Bulletin
Tom Harte '89 Truly Does "Have Haaaaaarte"
If you grew up in the greater Waterbury area, chances are you know how to complete this jingle: "You've gotta have....". If you instantly heard "Haaaarte" in your head, chances are you are already familiar with Chase alum and co-owner of the Harte Auto Group Tom Harte '89. Usually recognized for his role in numerous comical, computer animated commercials, Tom took time out of his hectic schedule to teach Chase second and third graders a thing or two about running a business.
Chase kids in Ms. Herwig and Mrs. Coppola's combined second and third grade class spent time learning about entrepreneurship and the many steps it takes to create and run a successful business. After taking time to draft their own business plans (even taking time to sketch a drawing of their store's layout), students learned about inventory, pricing and marketing. Many of the questions they prepared to ask Mr. Harte centered around marketing and scheduling, with students interjecting their own business ideas for feedback.
Mr. Harte was blown away by how thorough these young entrepreneurs were and enjoyed explaining the commercial making process, the hiring process and what a day in the life of an auto dealer is like. Students were curious as to how many hours a business owner such as Tom puts in, with one guessing he puts in around six-thousand hours monthly. It was wonderful to see our students using the skills learned in class to create a business of their own with input from a local expert. Instead of simply learning from a text book or video, students were able to share their excitement and enthusiasm for the project with a fellow Highlander, who used the real-world skills he gained after Chase to foster an entrepreneurial spirit in some of our youngest learners.