Maine students working on a project to use real-time entrepreneurial skills

At Village Elementary School, faculty are proving that you can never be too young to start learning how to run a business.

GORHAM, Maine – Fifth grade students in the Gifted and Talented (GT) program at Gorham’s Village Elementary School are working on a project to learn what it takes to run a business.

The Mow Munchies have come to help out.

The gifted and talented program teacher, Christine Karcanes, was there to experience this opportunity with the students.

“Everyone is making their own food truck, business plan, commercial, using their own recipes and working with fractions,” Karcanes said. “By the end of this project, we’re just getting started. They’re going to make a 3D model of their food truck and present it to their class.”

Mow’s Munchies lets students take a tour of the food truck, learn a few cooking tricks, and give them tips on their own projects.

“My one suggestion when starting a truck is to make sure you have something that’s yours,” said Mow’s Munchies owner Kate Dargie. “We have our own homemade Mow’s sauce, you want things that appeal to people who can’t go to the store to buy.

The students raved about how great the food was. One student said his favorite part was turning a raw potato into fresh french fries.

The students had to test the GT program and get advice from the teachers. The program aims to enrich their learning experience using real-world scenarios.

What better way to make math come alive for students than by having a food truck come to school?

This is Dargie’s first year owning a food truck. What makes his business different is that his menu is not only for people but also for pets.

“We have a dog named Mowgli, hence Mow’s Munchies… One of the things we wanted was to take him everywhere and we thought, ‘Wow, there aren’t enough things to do or places to take the animals’, so we started this Dargie said. “We thought, ‘Why don’t we have dog food so when they’re around with their owners they might as well have a tasty treat.'”

This year the food truck company is working on making homemade dog bones.

Dargie has challenged fifth graders to come up with their own burger recipe to cook in their fictitious food trucks, and if it’s really good, she’ll put it on her menu board for everyone to enjoy.

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