Sixth grade students were honored by a visit from Elizabeth Hart, founder of Tailored for Success. Ms. Hart spoke with the students about her experiences as a female entrpreneur in celebration of Women's History Month and also because her vocation correlates with the 6th grade social studies curriculum the students are studying this year.
During her visit, Ms. Hart described the process of opening a nonprofit organization, managing its financial demands, and the passion one must have to maintain a successful business. Ms. Hart's also spoke about about the importance of giving back to the community and how helping out community members in Malden and in surrounding communities is truly a wonderful feeling.
The students in Mrs. Gordon's social studies classes prepared for Ms. Hart's visit by studying about women entrepreneurs in Africa and the positive impact they have had on their families and villages. To incorporate economics, the sixth grade students created friendships pins and bracelets representing the colors of various African flags. The goal was to raise $150.00 and to donate the proceeds to Ms. Harts organization, Tailored for Success and KIVA which is and online micro-lender.
Some of the comments students shared after Ms. Harts visit included:
"She inspired me. I told my mother and we are going to donate money to her organization." M.T.
"I thought her speech was good because it taught me how she perservered through the hard times and kept trying in order to get her business to work." J.V.
"I love how Ms. Hart helps people who are struggling." A.A.
The lessons learned from Ms. Hart's visit is two fold, being an entrepreneur is not easy and giving back to your community is a very rewarding experience. Students reached their fund raising goal just before April vacation.