Lower Merion High School's Entrepreneurship and Advanced Entrepreneurship courses employ active learning strategies to provide students practical experience in applying their knowledge in the context of real-life business scenarios, ultimately challenging students to bring their very own entrepreneurial ventures to life. The courses allow students latitude to explore individual business interests while having the opportunity to develop practical skill sets in marketing, advertising, communication, accounting, finance and management, all while fostering success in current and future ventures.
In October, students began their first major assignment of the semester – the "Quick & Cheap" project - where each young entrepreneur brainstorms 25 ideas before narrowing the list down to what they deem is their best, most viable option. The students diligently developed their ideas throughout the fall before beginning to sell their products - the profits of which they were allowed to keep.
In the spirit of the holiday season, however, a pair of students inspired by Breast Cancer Awareness Month decided to donate their earnings to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, whose mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough cancer research to prevent and cure breast cancer.
Ninth graders Ilan Tauber and Sammy Ja-Shang Kao, who sold pink breast cancer bracelets and cancer awareness posters throughout the fall, respectively, donated 100% of their profits to help in the fight against breast cancer.
"Thank you for your generous gift," said a representative from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to the students in an email. "Your donation will help us fight breast cancer and fulfill the promise to end the disease. With your support, we are able to fund lifesaving research and provide critical education and assistance to people with breast cancer and their families in the communities where they live."