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10 August 5, 2010 THE HART COUNTY NEWS-HERALD t Project teaches Appalachian students how to By Jon Hale MOREHEAD, Ky. - Amid predictions of con- tinuing migration from Appalachia by its young people, a new educational program is teaching ele- mentary and middle school students in Appalachian Kentucky the entrepre- neurial skills that can pre- pare them for a future in the region, creating jobs for themselves and others. The E-Discovery Chal- lenge helps 15 of the Kentucky counties that the Appalachian Regional Commission classifies as economically distressed. The project, launched by the Kentucky Entrepre- neurial Coaches Institute at the University of Ken- tucky, provides students with small seed grants to start their own small busi- ness. which they spend a semester developing. Students are divided rote teams, which craft a business plan. develop a product and participate m a year-end sale event. Any profits (income ex- ceeding the amount of the seed grant) are distributed equally among team mem- bers. The students learned economics, mathematics and other essential busi- ness skills, but they say the biggest lesson they learned was the value of working together and trading ideas with others. "1 learned you have to trust your team- mates and work with them to do the job." said Mor- gan County student Josh become entrepreneurs " Adkins. whose team made T-shirts. Another middle-school student, Devon M!leton of Elliott Coun es. "It's good to get: people even if(yr7/fiight not like them,; said. :+ ' Middleton saictle: ]5ro - gram made him ;ands, his teammates consider be- coming entrepreneurs as adults, while Adkins as- pires to be an investor in new businesses. "I want to make money from my:job and then invest it in some- thing like what we did" in the program, he said. Students and teachers in the program say the most valuable lesson may have been that there ts opportu- nity in Appalachia. "It helped them see that they are not necessarily stuck." Lawrence County teacher Joe Halfhitl said "If they have a new idea or a twist on an old idea they don't have to do what they have always done. what their parents did." Lawrence County has coal. but most of the 15 counties in the project do not. "There is nothing in our area to do unless you go to college and be- come a nurse or teacher," Lewis County teacher Lisa Zornes said. Students "have to leave for a-good job unless they can start their own business." The Entrepreneurial Coaches Institute trained 55 teachers in Bath. Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, E1- liott, Hart, Lawrence, Lew- is. Monroe, Morgan, Rob- ertson, Russell, Wayne and Wolfe counties to incorpo- rate the E-Discovery Chal- lenge's entrepreneurial curriculum into the class- room. The project reached nearly 1,700 students a" created close to 500 small businesses, Institute Direc- tor Ron stedde said. All the counties in the program are rural. Hus- tedde said 18 percent of rural Americans already have their own business, and that number is project- ed to increase. He is seek- ing funding to continue the program through next year and expand it to other Ap- palachian counties. Of the 78 economically distressed counties in Appalachia, 40 are in Kentucky. "This process has sparked creativity and imagination in the students and teachers alike with a new hope for the possi- bilities for the future," said Melony Furby Denham, the E-Discovery Uhallenge project manager. Student products ranged from bottle-cap necklaces to pop-tab bracelets to Gummy Bear popsicles and super-hero coloring books. Many of the student teams finished the semes- ter with a profit, but some were faced with a negative return, which teachers said taught valuable business lessons. Most of the educators at a project wrap-up meet- ing at Morehead in July said they were surprised by how much thought and effort the students put into their enterprises. "The kids could be cre- ative, and they could do more than we had real- ized," Lawrence County teacher Alicia Robinette said. "We learned we could push them further than we thought." Some teachers in the program were reluctant to say that entrepreneurial ed- ucation should be required for middle school students, but all agreed on the ben- efits of the hands-on nature of the E-Discovery Chal- lenge. "Instead of giving back a definition [of social studies terms] they can use their own life experience to de- fine these terms," Halfhill said. "When they can do that, they have learned it." The program can "change the way people think about integrating so- cial sciences with math, science, etc.." Hustedde said. Still, the most valu- able lesson may have been pointing students' eyes to- ward the future, teachers said. 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