By PCY Assistant Principal, Ms. Carrie Hetzel
They sold lemonade, donated books, and made friendship bracelets; but really they were selling a dream and I bought it all. School-X teaches students how to be entrepreneurs and I had the honor of judging one of its competitions. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I agreed to be a judge. It had been a long week and a late Friday when I was asked to participate in the School-X Evening Competition. I didn’t know much about School-X, beyond it being an afterschool enrichment program for PCY students. But I said “yes” and headed over to La Cañada Elementary School.
What I discovered was something quite inspiring. Students from LCUSD elementary schools got on stage to ‘pitch’ their products to a rather large audience. These students had thought out their products from idea to design. I was so impressed with their creativity and thoughtfulness throughout the entire process. Some students were solving big problems with their ingenuity, like friendship bracelets for students at a new school. One student combined her love of reading and doodling by creating a bookmark with a pocket for a pen. Some products were just to make life more fun; it’s why I bought my Dodger coin purse that night. School-X has a mission to teach and mentor young people to take their creativity, turn it into a product, and have a positive impact in their community. After what I saw that Friday night, I think it wise to invest in their dreams. To learn more about School-X you can find them at http://www.school-x.org .