Minecraft pillows, piggy banks, chalk with popsicle-stick handles, and dozens of other products were on sale Wednesday in Turner Gymnasium.
The salespeople were elementary school students from all around the Lynchburg region who were showing off what they have learned about economics, business development, and entrepreneurship on Market Day.
The annual event is the culmination of the Mini-Economy program coordinated by University of Lynchburg’s Center for Economic Education, and sponsored by the City of Lynchburg Office of Economic Development. The program exposes students to lessons about the economy throughout the year in their classrooms, where the students also devise products they can make to sell at Market Day.
Market Day 2018 involved more than 240 students from 16 schools in the region. Judges from the business community chose winners for several awards.
The Outstanding Entrepreneur Award was given to teams from Perrymont Elementary, Boonsboro Elementary, and Stewartsville Elementary. Honorable mention in this category was awarded to another team from Perrymont Elementary as well as students from Appomattox Elementary and New London Academy.
The Outstanding Marketer Award was given to students from Otter River Elementary, Appomattox Elementary, and the Jubilee Family Development Center. Honorable mention was awarded to students from Thomas Jefferson Elementary, Boonsboro Elementary, and Heritage Elementary.
The Most Innovative Award was given to students from Goodview Elementary, Boonsboro Elementary, and New London Academy. Honorable mention was awarded to students from Otter River elementary, Big Island Elementary, and Bedford Elementary.
Photos from Market Day are available on the Center for Economic Education Facebook page.