With the sound of the bell, the majority of the student body was quick to storm the lower foyer and cafeteria hallway, eager to see what the school’s grade nine entrepreneurship classes had cooked up for this year’s entrepreneurship fair.
Thursday, December 3rd, marked the day for this annual event, and the student body certainly had not forgotten. With the cafteria being shut down for the event, the entrepreneurship fair was students’ only source of food had they not brought their own lunch or chosen to go out for food. Luckily, there was a wide variety of foods including tacos, samosas, ice cream, milkshakes and more. The project, which was to create and run a team’s own food-centered business, was entirely student-run with some guidance from teachers.
Each year, the amount raised from sales is donated to a charity of the students’ choice, and the funds generated from this year were all going towards Grandpa’s Run 4 Lyme Disease, a fundraising initiative created by the grandfather of a WCI Student. With his grandson suffering from the debilitating Lyme Disease, David Woodhall, 73, plans to run across Canada much like Terry Fox did to raise both awareness and money for his grandson James’ treatment. As of June 29, 2015 he had run 2096 km.
This year, the teams raised approximately $1200. While the funds have not been donated yet, plans are currently being made to have Mr. Woodhall come to WCI for a formal donation. The total this year is lower than what has been raised in the past, with last year’s total being $1900 donated to KidsAbility. In the 10 years the event has run, the amount of money raised has general stayed in the $1000 range.
So, while the fundraising initiative of the entrepreneurial challenge was a clear success financially, the idea of personal space was pretty much defeated as the booths were extremely crowded and it was difficult to navigate between them.
“It was ridiculously small and crowded,” said one grade eleven student who attended the entrepreneurship fair. Other students made similar comments: that it was far too pushy and compacted. It was hard to get around and some could not even get to the stands they wanted because they were being pushed along by the crowd.
Many people, frustrated by the lack of space, ask why it is held in the lower foyer and the cafeteria hallway rather than the gym or elsewhere. Mrs. Fischer, one of the lead teachers, said, “It was very crowded. It’s always been crowded but even more so this year because of the common lunch. [It wasn’t in the gym] because the gym is often used for other activities, and we didn’t want to risk spills or anything. [In the future it might] expand into the upper admin floor, or maybe spread out along one wall instead of having the businesses facing each other.” According to her, it’s never been held anywhere besides the lower foyer and hallway.
Although the space did not have an impact on the amount of money earned, the ability to move around more freely in an area such as the admin hallway would be appreciated by everyone who attended the fair.
Students will have to way for any plan to expand into the upper floors or move to one side of the hallway unfolds for the future years, but no matter the location, the entrepreneurship fair will continue to be a popular, active event that raises money for lesser known initiatives.