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2013-12-04 at 15:50

Food for a cause

By Jodi Lundmark,
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St. Ignatius High School students had the chance to see what it was like to run a business for a day.

The Grade 11 marketing and Grade 9 computer classes at the north side school ran a lunch market Wednesday in the school's auditorium.

Each group of students created a food stand and sold their product at lunchtime, raising money for eight different charities.

Students were selling items like nachos, hot chocolate, cookies and burgers for charities like the Ronald McDonald House, Children's Wish Foundation, MADD, Northern Cancer Fund and the Thunder Bay and District Humane Society.

Giulia Pilato was one of the students running Legendary S'mores. The Grade 11 student's group was raising money for Camp Quality, which they thought was a good fit for their product.

"And we really like what the charity does for the children here in Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario," said Pilato.

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Working on Legendary S'mores, Pilato said she's learned a lot about co-operation and inclusivity and that it takes everyone working together to make a successful workplace.

"It's been really fun and we've learned a lot of business skills we can use in our life for the future," she said.
The lunch market is run entirely by the students. They pick the product they want to sell, how much to sell it from and what charity the proceeds will go towards.

"They're really involved in the whole enterprise right from the beginning," said business teacher Cheri Kruse.

"We just think it's really important students take what they learned in the class and be able to apply it to real life so this is a business they've built right from the inception," she added.

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