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March 28, 2012

Students head to Haiti

Claire Poindexter (left) and Isabelle Dagher (second from left) of the Haiti Twenty12 team receive a grant of $250 from leaders of Zionsville Community High School’s Entrepreneurship Class, and in turn present a partnership gift to Logan Skelly (middle), Emily Bravard (second from right) and Sammi Hintze (right).                                                                                                        

As part of ZCHS business teacher Kyle Park’s class, students annually organize a small business called Fourth Line. They bring in food to sell at lunch from local restaurants like Panda Express, Noodles & Co. and Greeks Pizzaria. After expenses, profits are used to fund student scholarships awarded to seniors. This real-life simulation is a valuable experience in starting and running a business. This year a new dimension was added to the class: corporate giving. For the first time, a portion of Fourth Line profits were given to a charity through their “foundation.”

Eleven student-athletes and two coaches are leading a humanitarian and medical mission trip to Haiti over spring break. Isabelle and Claire made a professional presentation to the class asking for funding of art supplies that will allow the team to gather stories and art from children, orphans and families overcoming poverty, physical disability, loss and the recent earthquake. This art project on this spring break trip is coordinated by Nancy Noel. The entrepreneurship class met to evaluate the merits of the project, determined if it fit their corporate goals, and wrestled with the tough decision of giving away “their hard-earned money.”

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