Class donates to FCDC

PHOTO CONTRIBUTED The chief executive officer of Panther Products, Kirk Eby, center right, presents a check to Family Christian Development Center CEO Mark Mikel for $430. Also pictured are Travis Bear, Spencer Abel, Noah Simms, Kaiser Schwartz, Aaron Chenowith, Alec Dutkowski, David Eshelman, Trent Sellers, Amy Schrock and teacher Joel Mishler.

NAPPANEE — The NorthWood High School Entrepreneurship class presented Mark Mikel of the Family Christian Development Center a check for $430 Feb. 23.

Northwood’s Entrepreneurship class is a business course designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge and develop the skills needed to effectively organize, develop, create and manage their own business. Topics addressed include the assessment of entrepreneurial skills, the importance of business ethics, and the role of entrepreneurs in a free enterprise system.

Students develop a written business plan for a business of their choice along with running a school-based enterprise in which they create for the trimester. This year’s class enterprise was a spirit gear company that provided coffee tumblers, crewnecks and lunch box coolers, as well as an athletics app for all NorthWood fans. The app makes roster and scheduling information available for current in-season sports teams, as well as having the ability to communicate up-to-minute schedule changes and athletic accomplishments to all who download the app.

The NorthWood Athletics App can be downloaded for free on any Apple or Android App Store.

“The topics of business ethics and responsibilities were discussed and it was decided amongst the class members that they wanted to give a portion of proceeds earned back to the community in some way,” said Instructor Joel Mishler. “When asked to bring ideas of how that might be accomplished, it seemed to be a quick decision that the Family Christian Development Center here in Nappanee was the organization the students wanted to help.

“Naturally, the students were happy they ran a profitable enterprise and made some money, but giving back in this way to the community also gave them a sense of accomplishment for doing the right thing and working for others. It’s obvious the Family Christian Development Center has touched many lives in this community because of how eager the students were to make them the designated organization to help out.”

Mikel encouraged the class to continue to look outside of themselves as they develop their careers and work at making the communities they live in to be “giving communities.”  

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