Junior Achievement “Trade Fair” Offers Handmade Gifts and Chance to Help High Schoolers Learn Business

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Nearly a hundred students from East Hawaii high schools will market their hand-made gifts at the Junior Achievement Trade Fair. The event takes place at Prince Kuhio Plaza on “Black Friday,” November 26 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Holiday shoppers looking for unique items will find a wide variety at the Trade Fair. Some of the many items made and marketed by the students include koa bookmarks, cookie baking kits, t-shirts, hats, greeting cards, coffee packages, Christmas stockings, coupon books, calendars and koa tree ornaments.

Members of Junior Achievement Company “Ke Kumu `Ike” prepare “create your own cookbooks” which will be on sale at the JA Trade Fair this Friday and Saturday at Prince Kuhio Plaza.

The students are formed into six Junior Achievement “companies” which have been in operation since September.  The companies are “Big Island Goods” sponsored by HELCO, “F.A.S.T. (Forever All Standing Together)” advised by UH Hilo students, “Ke Kumu `Ike” sponsored by Bank of Hawaii, “Ka `ike” sponsored by HPM Building Supply, “F.L.O.H. (Future Leaders of Hawaii)” sponsored by HFS Federal Credit Union and “U Like?” sponsored by Big Island Toyota.

The only one of its kind in the State, the JA High School Company Program provides students the opportunity after school to learn business by doing.  Each company is comprised of 18 to 25 high school students from East Hawaii high schools. Lead by their student management team and advised by volunteers from local businesses, the companies select company names, design, produce and market products, account for expenses and revenues, manage human resources, create business plans, and learn other practical business skills after school from September through December. Company and individual prizes are awarded in January based on results.

Members of Junior Achievement Company “Ke Kumu `Ike” hand made four products including koa bookmarks which will be on sale at the JA Trade Fair this Friday and Saturday at Prince Kuhio Plaza.

The Company Program is one of several programs offered by JA of Hawaii Island (JAHI) to students from Kindergarten through twelfth grade. Last year JAHI serviced over 3,000 East Hawaii students.

For information about Junior Achievement programs on our island, parents, teachers and concerned community members can contact Susan Labrenz, District Manager at JA-Susan@hawaii.rr.com.

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